Boston, MA

TIA Data

2022 Financial State of Boston (Released 2/15/2024)

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Boston owes more than it owns.
Boston's Taxpayer Burden™ is -$7,800, and it received a "D" from TIA.
Boston is a Sinkhole City without enough assets to cover its debt.
Decisions by elected officials have created a Taxpayer Burden™, which is each taxpayer's share of city bills after its available assets have been tapped.
TIA's Taxpayer Burden™ measurement incorporates all assets and liabilities, including retirement obligations.
Boston only has $5.2 billion of assets available to pay bills totaling $7.2 billion.
Because Boston doesn't have enough money to pay its bills, it has a -$2 billion financial hole. To erase this shortfall, each Boston taxpayer would have to send -$7,800 to the city.
Boston's reported net position is understated by $67,000, largely because the city defers recognizing gains resulting from decreases in retirement liabilities.
The city's financial report was released 253 days after its fiscal year end, which is considered untimely according to the 180 day standard.

Prior Years' TIA Data

2021 Financial State of Boston

2020 Financial State of Boston

2019 Financial State of Boston

2018 Financial State of Boston

2017 Financial State of Boston

2016 Financial State of Boston

2015 Financial State of Boston

Other Resources

Boston Annual Comprehensive Financial Reports

Publishing Entity: City of Boston