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2022 City & Town

2021 City & Town


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


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


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
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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