While Gov. Maura Healey still needs to approve the proposed $56.2B state budget for FY24 that’s made its way through the Massachusetts legislature, here are the funding appropriations that directly address Natick’s needs.
FY24 budget appropriations (aka, earmarks). Bold emphasis is ours…
- “… not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the Veterans Oral History Project in the town of Natick…”
- “… not less than $250,000 shall be expended for a study of the Charles river, including, but not limited to, flooding mitigation impacts and fish passage improvements as it relates to potential removal of state-owned dams from Watertown to Natick…”
- “… not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the town of Natick for design work to make accessibility improvements along the Cochituate Aqueduct trail…”
- “… not less than $15,000 shall be expended to the town of Natick for costs associated with a feasibility study for extending Sudbury Aqueduct trail…”
- “… not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Natick 180 Coalition in the town of Natick…”
- “… not less than $25,000 shall be expended for pedestrian walking beacons in the town of Natick…”
- “… not less than $50,000 shall be expended for busing needs for after school programs in Natick…”
- “… not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Natick public schools for staff development to support the profile of Natick educator competencies…”
- “… not less than $600,000 shall be expended to communities in the Metrowest region, including the city of Framingham and the towns of Ashland, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway and Natick to address mental health needs in schools…”
- “… not less than $100,000 shall be expended to Natick public schools for the continued provision of online tutoring services…”
- “… not less than $25,000 shall be expended for additional personal protective equipment for the Natick fire department…”
What’s more, Natick would receive $13,165,735 in state aid to public elementary and secondary schools under Chapter 70 and $4,555,463 in Unrestricted General Government Aid. The Chapter 70 funds are up just over 7.7% and the general aid figure has increased by a bit more than 3.2%.
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