Municipal Appropriation Requirement (MAR)

The first Municipal Appropriation Requirement for public library funding in Massachusetts was established in 1890 by the Act to Promote the Establishment and Efficiency of Public Libraries. Today's Municipal Appropriation Requirement was established in 1987 by An Act to Improve Public Libraries. The Act was codified as Massachusetts General Law Chapter 78, sections 19A and 19B.

The Requirement

Massachusetts General Law (M.G.L., c.78, s.19A), states that a municipality must appropriate a figure of at least the average of the last 3 years' municipal appropriations to the library for operations, increased by 2.5%, in order to be certified for State Aid to Public Libraries.

This calculated figure is known as the Municipal Appropriation Requirement (MAR)

A municipality must meet the MAR or apply for and receive a waiver of the MAR in order to be eligible to be certified for State Aid to Public Libraries by the Board of Library Commissioners. Capital appropriations cannot be used to meet the MAR.

How to Calculate the MAR

The MAR is calculated using the prior 3 years' municipal appropriations for operating expenses, or the MAR figure, whichever is higher. The average of the 3 years' figures is increased by 2.5% to determine the MAR figure for the current fiscal year. 

[(FYaa + FYbb + FYcc) / 3] x 1.025  = MAR for FYdd

MAR Calculation Tool - Use this tool to calculate the MAR for your municipality.

Page last updated on 09/18/2015