WGGB Springfield: Unfunded State Mandates Costing Cities and Towns
February 7, 2012
State Auditor Suzanne Bump releases the results of a statewide survey showing that unfunded state mandates are costing cities and towns more and more money. Those costs total more than 11-million dollars this fiscal year.
Massachusetts participates in a federal program in which cities and towns are required to provide transportation and education of homeless children after they are placed in a different community for temporary housing.
For example if a student in one community is left homeless and moved into a motel in another city or town then both communities share the cost of transporting that student to school.
And those costs are adding up.
Three of the top six cities in the state for spending on homeless transportation and education costs are in Western Massachusetts.
Springfield was second spending $562,650, Chicopee third at $431,333, and Holyoke sixth at $311,050.
State Auditor Suzanne Bump has written a letter to Governor Patrick and members of the legislature urging the state to fully fund this mandated cost for cities and towns.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Auditor finds fault with housing authorities
February 3, 2012 - The following content was originally published by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
State Auditor Suzanne Bump said yesterday the housing authorities in Shrewsbury, Millbury and Webster have operating reserves well below the state’s recommended level.
The audits showed all three housing authorities failed to comply with state guidelines requiring that they retain at least 20 percent of their annual budgeted expenditures in an operating reserve.