Measuring Non-school Fiscal Imbalances of New England Municipalities

New England Public Policy Center Policy Brief No. 07-6
by Katharine Bradbury and Bo Zhao

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This policy brief summarizes a 2006 working paper by the Research Department at the Boston Fed and the Center: Measuring Disparities in Non-School Costs and Revenue Capacity among Massachusetts Cities and Towns. The paper develops new measures of environmental costs and local revenue capacity as the basis for a new municipal aid formula in Massachusetts.

This policy brief is one of several papers exploring local aid reform. To review other Center research about state and local public finance, please visit our research index.