FY 2021 Municipal Appropriation Requirement (MAR) Waivers

At its regular monthly meeting on March 4, 2021, the Board of Library Commissioners granted waivers of the FY2021 Municipal Appropriation Requirement (MAR), and certified the communities below to receive FY2021 State Aid to Public Libraries.

As part of the Waiver application process, municipalities are required to complete a Disproportionate Cut Worksheet to determine whether the cut to the library budget was disproportionate when compared to the overall municipal budget. A cut to the library budget is considered disproportionate when the library budget reduction exceeds the overall municipal budget cut by 10% or more.

Waivers granted to municipalities under the 10% disproportionate cut threshold:

1. Adams 13. Duxbury 25. Lynn 37. Quincy
2. Amesbury 14. Everett 26. Malden 38. Salem
3. Ashby 15. Fall River 27. Marblehead 39. Southampton
4. Avon 16. Framingham 28. Medfield 40. Walpole
5. Barnstable 17. Gill 29. Montgomery 41. Waltham
6. Bellingham 18. Greenfield 30. Newbury 42. Ware
7. Beverly 19. Hardwick 31. Newton 43. Warren
8. Boxford 20. Haverhill 32. North Adams 44. West Springfield
9. Brockton 21. Hopedale 33. Orange 45. Weymouth
10. Brookline 22. Lawrence 34. Palmer 46. Windsor
11. Buckland 23. Leyden 35. Peabody 47. Winthrop
12. Dracut 24. Lowell 36. Plymouth 48. Yarmouth

Waivers granted “with reservation” to municipalities over the 10% disproportionate cut threshold:

For additional information, please see: MBLC Chair Statement on Municipal Funding and certification in the State Aid to Public Libraries Program

1. Hanover library budget cut 12.52% in comparison to overall municipal budget
2. Kingston library budget cut 12.45% in comparison to overall municipal budget
3. Oxford library budget cut 18.01% in comparison to overall municipal budget
4. Stoneham library budget cut 11.35% in comparison to overall municipal budget

 



 

For More Information

Mary Rose Quinn, Head of State Programs
617-725-1860 x220
(in Massachusetts) 800-952-7403 x220
maryrose.quinn@mass.gov

Liz Babbitt, State Aid Specialist
617-725-1860 x227
(in Massachusetts) 800-952-7403 x227
liz.babbitt@mass.gov