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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Municipal Empowerment Act

The Municipal Empowerment Act is designed to arm local governments with greater tools and supports to chart their own course, making it easier for communities to generate resources for vital local services and access the products and people they need to best serve Massachusetts residents.

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  • Ask the Chief of Municipal Finance Law 

    Every Wednesday from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    This “Ask the Chief” service is a virtual, Zoom option for local officials to inquire about municipal finance law issues within the Division's jurisdiction.
  • Meet DLS: Who we are and how we can help. 

    Monday, March 11, 2024
    2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    Are you new to local government or know someone who recently entered public service in a city or town? The Division of Local Services invites you to join us March 5th at 1pm for our latest webinar, “Meet DLS: Who we are and how we can help.”

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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. Our Introduction to DLS video provides an overview of the many services we offer. To learn even more about the Division, please watch our Meet DLS webinar, which includes additional information from each of the Division’s Bureau Chiefs.

View our Bureaus          View the DLS staff directory       Public Hearing Notices

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

Winter update from the Division of Local Services
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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