Smart Growth School Cost Reimbursement (40S Payments)

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The state's Chapter 40S program provides incentives for zoning rules that encourage the development of higher density residential and commercial space. This is often referred to as Smart Growth Development.

With greater density of new homes, it is common for more children to enroll in public schools. To help districts accommodate these new students, the Chapter 40S program provides payments to cities and towns to help offset new costs.

Chapter 40S payments supplement the other school aid received through the state’s K-12 education funding system (Chapter 70) and local sources of funding. Unlike Chapter 70 state aid, Chapter 40S payments are not guaranteed every year.

Updated March 2016

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