How is a community's state aid calculated?
The Cherry Sheet Manual available from the Department of Revenue Division of Local
Services provides a full explanation of the state aid calculation process. Municipal officials
can obtain a copy of the manual from our website at www.mass.gov/dls, under Publications
and Forms.

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1. How is a community's state aid calculated?
2. What triggers the release of Cherry Sheets?
3. Why should we create a financial management team and who should be included?
4. Can town meeting/city council increase an item included in the annual budget?
5. Do the Assessors determine the estimated receipts used in setting the tax rate?
6. Can the town accountant/city auditor refuse to process a bill for payment?