05 July 2010
A new way to fight growth?
The state is moving close to a 2% cap on the growth of municipal budgets with a few special exceptions like capital improvements and pensions. Since I am not privy to the details, I can only speculate. But this seems like it makes it easier for towns to reinvest in crumbling infrastructure and community centers but harder to deal with population growth that will require more services, policemen and teachers. That could disincentivize the generosity of planning boards that used to encourage growth as a way to improve ratables. Am I missing something?