Today, the City of Worcester is receiving more than $20 million LESS in general local aid funding (adjusted for inflation) than it was in 2008. This funding, which comes from the state, helps to pay for schools, police and fire protection, road and bridge repairs, parks, pools and libraries — the very things that make Worcester a great place to live, work and raise a family. Because of these cuts to local aid, Worcester’s popular community policing program was particularly hard hit and ultimately dismantled.
Unfortunately, Worcester is not alone. Communities throughout Central Massachusetts have also lost substantial local aid funding since 2008. Shrewsbury is getting more than $1.3 million less. Leicester, Auburnand Millbury are each receiving over $800,000 less than they were four years ago. Grafton is down over $750,000. These cuts have harmed the entire Central Massachusetts economy and reduced the quality of life for all residents.
We cannot continue to cut the funding that is so important to our communities! We must invest in Worcester and in Central Mass, but we can only do that if the state raises more revenue.
On May 15th, the Worcester City Council will vote on a resolution, sponsored by City Councilor Joe O’Brien, that calls on the state legislature and Governor to raise substantial new revenue in a way that protects low- and middle-income families and seniors from big increases.
Take Action Now
May 15, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Worcester City Hall
455 Main St.