See your town's budget.

Government budgets can be tough to understand, but now the Town of Groton, Massachusetts is providing the next generation of accessibility in financial information that allows citizens to view, engage with, and discuss.

Groton residents, see where your tax dollars go:
Your property tax last year:
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Groton, MA
Hello, we are happy to make this tool available for people to more easily view the budget. There are some important things to know before working with it. Many people are most accustomed to looking at the budget within the Town Meeting Warrant. Although this tool largely presents that data, it is directly pulled from our accounting software so some of the items are categorized differently. Most important to note are:

  • Expenses presented here are actuals as of June 30th of each fiscal year.
  • The General Expense category includes Cherry Sheet charges and Transfers out of the General Fund.
  • Capital purchases are included with the responsible department under Capital Outlay.
  • Prior year encumbrances paid in the current year are included with the associated department's operating expenses.
  • Since the Town's finances are separated from the Schools' we do not break down their expenses, only what we distribute to them in bulk. Similarly we do not handle their income sources so although other Visual Budgets may reference a large state aid income factor, we do not.

    The aggregated numbers are accurate but displayed differently since some of the "below the line" items on the budget are included in this tool. You can export the entire data set to excel Here. Please contact the Town Accountant if you have any additional questions about the data.

    Capital (Includes Debt Service)The Town’s capital improvements program policies call for the allocation of approximately 5% of the general fund revenues to the capital budget. This is exclusive of dedicated funding sources such as enterprise funds, grants, and Proposition 2 1/2 debt exclusion projects.

    Cherry SheetCherry-colored form showing state and county charges and reimbursement to the Town as certified by the State Director of Accounts.

    Enterprise Funds Funds that account for all revenues and expenditures for services and allow surpluses to be used to reduce user fees for the services or to pay for capital improvements.  Each fund has an independent budget.  Losses are made up from the Town’s general fund.  Presently, Arlington has enterprise funds for Council on Aging Transportation, Recreation, Veterans’ Memorial Rink, Water & Sewer, and Youth Services.

    Fiscal YearJuly 1 through June 31.