“Municipal Charges”, also known as, “State Assessments” are charged by the Commonwealth to municipalities for items such as Charter School Tuition Reimbursement and MBTA service. State aid distributions are reduced by the amount of assessments charged to a municipality. The City paid $211.7 million in FY15 and $230.6 million in FY16. The City expects to pay $245.8 million in assessments in FY17 and is budgeting $264.9 million in FY18.
The largest assessments are those of the Charter School Tuition and MBTA. The former has rapidly increased since the enactment of the 2010 legislation that expanded the number of charter school seats.