Educational Funding Would Increase in Barnstable Under Gov's Budget Plan
Governor Patrick unveils an online tool detailing budget effects on communities across the Commonwealth. The tool includes maps for transportation funding and educational funding for each legislative district.
“This tool will help people see exactly what to expect in their own backyard as part of the investments we’ve proposed,” Patrick said. “Meaningful investments in education and transportation today will significantly improve our economic future both in the short term and for generations to come.”
There are two maps per district – one displaying transportation investments and one displaying education investments in each community.
For example, according to the maps, the 2nd Barnstable District, which includes precints 2 through 10 and 13, would see a total of $43,247,335 in Chapter 90 funds, and an increase of $2,230,147 in Chapter 70 educational funding.
"Governor Patrick’s budget plan includes a $1 billion annual investment in the Commonwealth’s transportation system ... (and) includes a $550 million investment in education, reaching $1 billion over four years," an administration press release said.
The budget proposal seeks to pay for this funding by increasing the income tax from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent and eliminating up to 44 tax deductions. To ease the burden of these increases, especially on lower-income families, it proposes reducing the sales tax from 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent and doubling personal exemptions.