The Municipal Databank collects, analyzes and distributes financial, demographic and economic data on cities and towns, issuance of annual cherry sheet estimates and payment of certain local aid distributions
Click on a link in Report Building Tools Menu to generate a specific Databank reports or select reports from the lists below for reports relating to financial or demographic data sets.
Databank staff are available to assist with requests or questions at (617) 626-2384 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Actual Revenues and Expenditures (Schedule A)
Click in the list below for current and historical data relating to municipal actual revenues and expenditures by fund as reported on the Schedule A (annual financial report). The Schedule A records data from the general, special revenue, capital projects, enterprise and trust funds, as well as, debt, aggregate number of employees and total wages, and agency funds.
Adopted Local Options
Locally adopted statutes relative to property taxation and alternative local revenue streams (local option meals tax, room occupancy tax and community preservation surcharge).
Cherry Sheet and MRGF Data
Click in the list below for current and historical data relating to cherry sheet estimates, supporting data files, and municipal revenue growth factor (MRGF). Cherry sheets are the official notification of estimated state aid to be paid and charges to be assessed over the upcoming year. As the state budget process unfolds, updated local aid proposals are posted on the DLS website. Cherry sheets are issued once the state budget is enacted by the Legislature and approved by the Governor. The MRGF files will provide a descriptive calculation of a city or town's MRGF, which is a key component of the Chapter 70 education aid formula.
Community Preservation Act
Click in the list below for current and historical data relating to Community Preservation Act (CPA). The CPA helps communities preserve open space and historic sites, create affordable housing, and develop outdoor recreational facilities. The CPA is funded through a local option surcharge on property tax bills and a state match or those surcharges.
Debt and Other Financial Indicators
Click in the list below for current and historical data relating to bond ratings (Moody's and S&P's), certified free cash, municipal debt analysis, and a financial flexibility analysis based on data submitted by cities and towns. Data in these reports are based on Moody's and Standard & Poor's rating agencies, and cities and towns submission of their balance sheet and Schedule A (annual financial report)
Local Aid Distributions and Reimbursements
Click in the list below for current and historical data relating to local aid distributions including monthly local aid, local option meals and room occupancy, community preservation state match, smart growth and property tax exemption reimbursements. Monthly local aid includes: Chapter 70 education aid, unrestricted general government aid, school choice tuition receipts, charter school tuition assessment reimbursements, state-owned land, and elderly persons property tax exemption reimbursement.
Property Tax Related Reports
Click in the list below for current and historical data relating to property taxes including: assessed values, average single family tax bills, excess and override capacity, motor vehicle excise trends, new growth, overlay, parcel counts, Proposition 2 1/2 overrides, debt exclusions, capital outlay exclusions, and stabilization fund overrides, tax levies, and tax rates as reported by cities and towns during the tax rate and certification process. Data on these reports come from the annual Tax Rate Recapitulation, LA-4, and LA-13 forms.
Smart Growth Chapter 40S Information
Click in the list below for information related to the smart growth school cost reimbursement authorized by Chapter 40S for cities and towns that have development smart growth districts including regulations and reimbursements.
Click in the list below for current and historical data relating to population estimates, number of housing units and square land area as determined by the US Census Bureau, DOR Income as reported on annual tax returns filed with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, labor force and unemployment rates as reported by the Massachusetts Department of Labor and Workforce Development, registered motor vehicles and centerline road inventory as determined by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, births as reported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and number of registered voters as reported by the Massachusetts Secretary of State's Office.