With two separate bills calling for the regionalization of school districts, we have begun a conversation about education costs in the state. But if you were to ask municipal leaders what concerns them about education costs, the Municipal Budget Requirement (MBR) would be nearly at the top of their list.
For those unfamiliar with the MBR, it says that towns must have in their education budget no less than it did in the previous fiscal year regardless of factors such as school population changes. If you spent $100,000 last year, you must spend $100,000 this year. There are many reasons this doesn’t make sense. Most notably because budgets cannot be finagled to the same dollar amount year after year. The state knows this,