One of the problems cities and towns are facing is their reliance on property taxes to fund schools and other programs.
Many municipal leaders say they are optimistic about Governor Deval Patrick's plan to help ease that reliance.
But that relief is not guaranteed or immediate.
Joining us to explain more about why districts across the state are in struggling is Geoff Beckwith, director of the Massachusetts Municipal Association.
This program aired on August 22, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.