- With health insurance, special education, and other costs increasing at a rate unmatched by state aid, communities across the state are scheduling tax increase votes.—Boston Globe
"Costs - particularly benefits - are growing faster than revenues, while state aid hasn't kept up with inflation. Most cities and towns have squeezed where they can, and then some. I think we will see more and more communities hit the wall in the years ahead."—Michael Widmer, executive director of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, commenting on the situation in Brookline
- "It's the unfunded mandates [such as the No Child Left Behind Act and special education requirements] that really do it."— Wenham Selectman Peter Hersee
You might also want to follow the situation in Hamilton/Wenham, where the state just placed their highly-regarded high school on warning status because of an "inadequate level of funding to support the school's staffing levels, course offerings, co-curricular activities and technology." This, in spite of approving overrides for the past seven years. The Hamilton/Wenham Support Our Schools group also has a blog with very detailed information on their budget issues, many of which are the same ones that Beverly is grappling with.