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Summary

This proposed law would regulate the distribution to cities and towns of the Local Aid Fund, which consists of at least 40% of the revenue generated by the state income, sales, and corporate taxes, as well as the balance of the State Lottery Fund.

Subject to appropriation by the legislature, the State Treasurer would distribute the Local Aid Fund to cities and towns on a quarterly basis, and each city or town would receive at least the same amount of local aid it received in the previous fiscal year unless the total Local Aid Fund decreases.

In fiscal year 1992, if there has been any increase over the fiscal year 1989 fund, half of the increase would be distributed in accordance with the distribution formula used for fiscal year 1989, and half would be distributed to each city and town in proportion to its population.

In each year after 1992, if the fund increases, the excess would be distributed through a formula devised by the state Secretary of Administration and Finance, with the advice and consent of the Local Government Advisory Committee. If the fund decreases after 1992, each town or city will have the amount it receives decreased by the same percentage.

This proposed law also requires that the Treasurer publish an annual report about the Local Aid Fund, that the state Auditor publish an annual audit of the Account, and that the Secretary of Administration and Finance issue to each city and town an estimate of funds it will receive from the Local Aid Fund.

Each city or town would be allowed to bring a lawsuit to force distribution of the account, and would be entitled to a late payment fee if distribution is not timely.

1990 Nov 6 :: State of Massachusetts :: Question 5 :: Initiative PetitionDo you approve of a law summarized below, on which no vote was taken by the Senate or the House of Representatives before May 2, 1990?

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Ward
Yes
No
Blank Votes Total Votes Cast Total Ballots Cast
Totals
 
11,236
13,064
2,873
24,300
27,173
Precinct 1
 
438
439
150
877
1,027
Precinct 2
 
585
501
145
1,086
1,231
Precinct 3
 
539
464
125
1,003
1,128
Precinct 1
 
422
489
112
911
1,023
Precinct 2
 
441
599
162
1,040
1,202
Precinct 3
 
455
672
125
1,127
1,252
Precinct 1
 
581
651
182
1,232
1,414
Precinct 2
 
507
612
132
1,119
1,251
Precinct 3
 
575
605
174
1,180
1,354
Precinct 1
 
432
362
109
794
903
Precinct 2
 
556
489
147
1,045
1,192
Precinct 3
 
536
553
113
1,089
1,202
Precinct 1
 
590
542
128
1,132
1,260
Precinct 2
 
578
642
104
1,220
1,324
Precinct 3
 
564
749
114
1,313
1,427
Precinct 1
 
580
921
131
1,501
1,632
Precinct 2
 
580
883
157
1,463
1,620
Precinct 3
 
458
796
128
1,254
1,382
Precinct 1
 
562
739
136
1,301
1,437
Precinct 2
 
559
657
142
1,216
1,358
Precinct 3
 
698
699
157
1,397
1,554
Totals
 
11,236
13,064
2,873
24,300
27,173