Boston, MA

2016 Financial State of Boston (Released 1/24/2018)

Boston's Taxpayer Burden™ is -$13,100, and it received a "D" from TIA.
Boston is a Sinkhole City without enough assets to cover its debt.
Decisions by elected officials have led to a Taxpayer Burden™, which is each taxpayer's share of city bills after its available assets have been tapped.
TIA's Taxpayer Burden™ measurement accounts for all assets and liabilities, including pension and retiree healthcare debt.
Boston only has $2 billion of assets available to pay bills totaling $5.3 billion.
Because Boston doesn't have enough money to pay its bills, it has a $3.3 billion financial hole. To erase this shortfall, each Boston taxpayer would have to send $13,100 to the city.
Thanks to an accounting rule implemented in the 2015 fiscal year, Boston must report its pension debt on its balance sheet. However, the city still excludes $1.7 billion of retirement obligations, which consist mostly of retiree healthcare liabilities. A new accounting standard will be implemented in the 2018 fiscal year that will require governments to report these liabilities on the balance sheet as well.
The city's financial report was released 182 days after its fiscal year end, which is considered untimely according to the 180 day standard.
 

Prior Years' TIA Data

2015 Financial State of Boston

Other Resources

Boston Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports

Publishing Entity: City of Boston

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