BOSTON – Representative Paul K. Frost (R-Auburn) is pleased to announce an increase in local aid for the Town of Auburn in the House of Representatives’ Fiscal Year 2019 budget bill, H.4400, passed on April 26th, 2018. Auburn is set to receive $11,066,959 in Chapter 70 funding for education, which is an increase of $988,425 over Fiscal Year 2018, and $1,770,746 in Unrestricted General Government Aid, an increase of $59,880.

The FY 2019 State Budget was deliberated for four days in the House, and features earmarks put in by Rep. Frost for improvements to Auburn public safety, with $25,000 designated toward upgrading the Auburn Police Department’s emergency radio system, and $15,000 for Auburn Youth & Family Services programs.

Representative Frost commented, “This State Budget has provided more for local aid and education than the previous fiscal year. I’ve always said state aid for municipal services and local education are priorities of mine. The government services the vast majority of our citizens count on and use each and every day are those provided by their town or city.”

The budget process now moves to the Senate, which will debate its own bill for FY 2019 in May. A conference committee will then work out the differences between the two versions before a final compromised budget is voted on and sent to the Governor’s desk.