Housing development and municipal budgets

post by Professor Michael Goodman, "Reality check: housing development and municipal budgets" on the Massachusetts Foundation for Growth's Growing Debate Blog summarizes some of the findings from the 2007 UMass Donahue Institute study. 

Undoubtedly, cities and towns across Massachusetts face profound budget pressures and in some cases increased demands for services from residents who, in many cases, are already highly burdened by property tax costs and are facing substantial financial pressure in their own right.

But the common assumption that new housing development is always a net fiscal loser for cities and towns is not borne out in the actual experiences of communities that have agreed (or have been forced) to develop much needed new affordable and market-rate housing.