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2024 City & Town

2023 City & Town

Articles

Issue Date     

DLS Training Highlight: Issuing Property Tax Bills

DLS Winter Update Provides Seasonal Municipal Finance Resources for Local Officials

Dec 21st

Dec 7th

EQV: Leveling the Playing Field – Part 2

Creating a Compelling and Comprehensive Tax Rate & Classification Presentation

Nov 16th

Nov 2nd

EQV: Leveling the Playing Field

DLS Unveils Two New Visualizations

Oct 19th

Oct 5th

Highly Recommended: Outstanding Receivables

DLS Offers New Seasonal Resources

Sept 21st

Sept 7th

Partnering with our Cities and Towns – FY24 Funding Updates

Register Today for the 2023 "What's New in Municipal Law" Seminars

Aug 17th

Aug 3rd

Save the Date: 2023 "What's New in Municipal Law" Seminars

Why Understanding New Growth is Important to Your Community’s Fiscal Health

Jul 20th

Jul 6th

The New Officials Edition, June 15, 2023

DLS Unveils Redesigned Data Analytics and Cherry Sheet/Local Aid Pages, Adds Visualization Tools

Jun 15th

Jun 1st

Highly Recommended: Evolving Government Structures - City & Town May 18, 2023

Ask DLS: Linkage Fees

May 18th

May 4th

DLS Resources for New Assessors

Free Cash Update

Apr 20th

Apr 6th

Where to Turn for Motor Vehicle Excise Resources

BLA Introduces Interactive Visualization Tool

Mar 16th

Mar 2nd

The FY2023 Statewide Average Single-Family Tax Bill

DLS Unveils New Visualizations Tools for the New Year

Feb 16th

Feb 2nd

DLS and MMA Present "Municipal Finance Management: Resources and Tools" Webinar

Remembering DLS Attorney Don Gorton

Jan 19th

Jan 5th

 

2022 City & Town

Articles

Issue Date     

Thank You from Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito

DLS Improves Our Website

Dec 15th

Dec 1st

Highly Recommended: Financial Reserves

Introducing Foundations in Municipal Finance for the New Official

Nov 17th

Nov 3rd

Continuing Our Commitment to Supporting the Next Generation of Local Officials

A Message from Community Compact Cabinet Chair Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito

Oct 20th

Oct 6th

It's a Busy Fall for All

Time is Running Out to Register for the 2022 "What's New in Municipal Law" Seminar!

Sept 15th

Sept 1st

City & Town Reader Survey

FY23 Community Compact Cabinet Programming

Aug 18th

Aug 4th

DLS Training Highlight: Overview of Municipal Debt

Ask DLS: Treatment of Opioid Settlement Payments

Jul 21st

Jul 7th

The New Officials Edition

Helpful Tools for Municipal Clerks

Jun 16th

Jun 2nd

Municipal Finance and Governance Legislation

Lt. Governor Polito highlights key municipal investments and programming

May 19th

May 5th

Overview of Municipal Budgets Webinar Now Available, Registration Still Open for Free Cash Certification Training

DLS Webinar Offerings Spring Forth

Apr 21st

Apr 7th

DLS Property Tax Takings

PERAC’s January 1, 2022 List of Retirement Boards by Funded Ratio

Mar 17th

Mar 3rd

The FY2022 Statewide Average Single-Family Tax Bill

New Year, New DLS Webinars

Feb 17th

Feb 3rd

Looking Back at 2021 and Ahead to 2022

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito Announces Opening of FY2022 Community Compact Cabinet Efficiency & Regionalization Grant Program

Jan 20th

Jan 6th

 

2021 City & Town

Articles

Issue Date     

The Second Round of the Community One Stop For Growth Grants: “Expression of Interest” Dec 16th
The Results Are In Dec 2nd
Training Highlight: Property Tax Abatement Videos Municipal Finance Training and Resource Center Nov 18th
Save the Date: MARPA and DLS Virtual Statewide Municipal Conference Nov 4th

An Update on Free Cash

TAB is Now FMRB

Oct 21st

Oct 7th

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito Announces Opening of FY2022 Community Compact Cabinet IT Grant Program

New Updates and Helpful Reminders

Sep 16th

Sep 2nd

Splitting the Differences: Reviewing Tax Rate Shifts

A Message from Lt. Governor Polito on FY22 Community Compact Cabinet Programming

Aug 19th

Aug 5th

Financing Massachusetts Town Government: Part 3 - Bill Arrigal & Tony Rassias

Highlighting the FY22 Capital Plan - Michael J. Heffernan - Secretary of the EOA&F

Jul 15th

Jul 1st

Transitioning to New Opportunities at DLS, Senior Deputy Commissioner Sean Cronin

Staying Informed with DLS - Senior Deputy Commissioner Sean Cronin

Jun 17th

Jun 3rd

An Update Regarding Sales, Meals and Rooms Tax - DOR Commissioner Snyder

It's Time to Update the Local Officials Directory!

May 20th

May 6th

New Growth, Employee Onboarding/Offboarding, Setting the Tax Rate, and Calculating the Levy and Tax Limit Trainings

Changes at DLS - Senior Deputy Commissioner Sean Cronin

Apr 15th

Apr 1st

DLS Municipal Finance Training & Resource Center User Survey

Better than Average DLS Senior Deputy Commissioner Sean Cronin

Mar 18th

Mar 4th

An Update from A&F Secretary Heffernan

A Look at FY2021 Tax Levies, Assessed Values and Tax Rates

Feb 18th

Feb 4th

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito Announcing Launch of the Community One Stop for Growth

Looking Ahead to 2021 DLS Senior Deputy Commissioner

Jan 21st

Jan 7th

 

2020 City & Town

Articles

Issue Date     

An End of the Year Message from Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito

DLS Unveils New Online Municipal Training Calendar

Dec 17th

Dec 3rd

30B Emergency Procurement Authority

Importance of the Utility Class and Valuation Methodology

Nov 19th

Nov 5th

Free 2020 What's New in Municipal Law" Seminar Now Available Online

Round 2 of CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund - Municipal Program

Oct 15th

Oct 1st

New DLS Video Gives Informational Help on TELPs

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito Announces Opening of FY21 Community Compact Cabinent IT Grant Program

Sep 17th

Sep 3rd

DLS Online Municipal Finance Training and Resource Center Update

DLS Online Financial Indicator Tools

Aug 20th

Aug 6th

Updated Information Regarding Coronavirus Relief Funds

A Message from Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito on School Reopening this Fall

Jul 16th

Jul 2nd

DLS Online Resources Provide Helpful Info for Both Local Officials and the General Public

Continuing our Commitment to Supporting Communities from Senior Deputy Commissioner Sean Cronin

Jun 18th

Jun 4th

A Message from ANF Secretary Heffernan Regarding Coronavirus Relief Funds

A Message from the Lieutenant Governor Regarding the Community Compact Program

May 21st

May 7th

Dealing with the Impact of COVID-19 on Local Government's Financial Health

DLS Municipal Finance Resources and a Legislative Update Related to COVID-19 State of Emergency  

  Apr 16th

  Apr 3rd

New Content on the DLS Municipal Finance Training & Resource Center   Mar 5th
Introducing the DLS Municipal Finance Training & Resource Center

Reviewing FY2020 Average Single-Family Residential Tax  Bills
 
  Feb 20th

  Feb 6th
 

Highlighting Areas of Local Interest in the FY21 Budget 

An Update from the Lieutenant Governor
 

  Jan 23rd

  Jan 9th
 

 

2019 City & Town

2018 City & Town

2017 City & Town

Articles Issue Date
'Tis the Season to Set Tax Rates!

New Housing Choice Initiative
December 7th

December 21st
Chapter 200: Don't Forget to Check!

"Why Wasn't I Notified?": Maintaining the
Local Officials Directory
November 2nd

November 16th
 
Fall Conferences, Seminars and a New Website

Announcing Year Two of the Efficiency and
Regionalization Competitive Grant Program
October 5th

October 19th
 
A Message from Secretary Heffernan

Peering Over the Data: Tips for Comparing
Communities
September 7th

September 21st
 

Save the Date for Implementing Best
Practices:A Statewide Conference for
Municipal Officials and Staff


Announcing Year Three of the Community

Compact Cabinet Program

August 3rd



August 17th
 
DLS Provides Municipal Law Books (Bulletin 39)
to Municipalities at No Cost


FY18 Budget Update and Related Items
July 6th


July 20th
Secretary Lepore Highlights the FY18 Capital Budget

 A Long-Term Perspective on Proposition 2 1/2 Overrides
June 1st

June 15th
What's the Number? A Look at FY17
New Growth: Part 2


Announcing the FY17 Community
Compact IT Grant Program Awards
May 4th


May 18th
 
Statewide Expansion of Enterprise Funds

Springing into Budget and Town
April 6th

April 20th
Submitting the LA-4 in a Certification Year

Efficiency and Regionalization Grants:
Round Two Awarded
March 2nd

March 17th
DLS Staff Receive Awards for Exemplary
Public Service


Modernization of Gateway Schedule A
February 2nd


February 16th
Ask DLS: Municipal Modernization

FY2017 Single-Family Residential Tax Bill
January 5th

January 19th

2016 City & Town

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