The Department of Revenue's Division of Local Services (DLS) helps Massachusetts cities and towns achieve sound and efficient fiscal management through technical assistance, training, and oversight. Its bureaus are responsible for ensuring the fairness and equity of local property taxation, the accuracy and quality of local accounting and treasury management, interpreting state laws that affect local governance, distributing local aid, and maintaining a comprehensive databank on local finances. DLS meets these responsibilities through community advisors, seminars, publications, Internet services, research, software development and support, as well as community specific management reviews and audits.

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