Division of Local Services (DLS)

DLS promotes sound municipal finance management practices and supports local officials by providing guidance, training and oversight.

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DLS: Supporting a Commonwealth of Communities

The Division of Local Services is responsible for ensuring fairness and equity in local property taxation, overseeing local accounting and treasury management, interpreting state laws that affect local governance, distributing monthly local aid to cities, towns and school districts, maintaining a comprehensive municipal finance data warehouse, and providing municipal financial management consulting services and training. To learn more about us, please see our Introduction to DLS video.

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View the DLS Events Calendar     Log into DLS Gateway or view public reports

Foundations in Municipal Finance course
Are you a new official? Our Foundations in Municipal Finance training will help you get started.
Tax Rate Status report
Want to know how close your community is to setting a property tax rate?
Use our new Tax Rate Status Report to find out.

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