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Adding up aid figures

Cuts in state budget present local challenges

June 30, 2009
Municipal officials are mulling options to balance their budgets after receiving local aid figures from state lawmakers.

"Everything is on the table," said Charlton Selectmen Chairman Rick Swensen.

State lawmakers have finished the $27 billion fiscal 2010 budget, which was awaiting final approval from Gov. Deval Patrick. The plan includes steep cuts in local aid, as well as a litany of other taxes and cuts.

The budget allows a community to raise the hotel tax from 4 percent to 6 percent, and impose a .75 percent levy on meals, which would add to the current 5 percent meals tax. The additional cash would be given back to towns as local aid. But first, each community would have to approve imposing the tax within its borders.

See Tuesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage.

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