By Matt Carroll, Globe Staff | Nov. 21, 2013
Massachusetts communities have a category of spending called "fixed costs." This includes money spent on workers' compensation, unemployment, health insurance, other employee benefits, other insurance and retirement. The chart shows the percent spent from the general fund on fixed costs. The fiscal 2012 data is from the Department of Revenue.
CommunityFixed costs as percent of spending, fy2012Rank
ABINGTON18.450
ACTON7.5252
ACUSHNET11.1169
ADAMS15.492
AGAWAM17.956
ALFORD4.0328
AMESBURY10.2189
AMHERST10.0190
ANDOVER5.5305
ARLINGTON11.3162
ASHBURNHAM8.4222
ASHBY9.5200
ASHFIELD3.7333
ASHLAND16.781
ATHOL22.014
ATTLEBORO5.1315
AUBURN5.8295
AVON19.440
AYER14.2112
BARNSTABLE12.1142
BARRE7.9240
BECKET11.6152
BEDFORD13.4125
BELCHERTOWN14.2111
BELLINGHAM5.3313
BELMONT6.2287
BERKLEY6.5278
BERLIN10.9175
BERNARDSTON5.1315
BEVERLY10.6179
BILLERICA8.8212
BLACKSTONE5.1317
BLANDFORD4.3326
BOLTON4.6321
BOSTON13.0130
BOURNE8.5219
BOXBOROUGH10.6179
BOXFORD6.6274
BOYLSTON12.2140
BRAINTREE7.6251
BREWSTER13.5122
BRIDGEWATER11.8148
BRIMFIELD6.4281
BROCKTON6.8265
BROOKFIELD9.0208
BROOKLINE20.725
BUCKLAND5.3309
BURLINGTON11.1167
CAMBRIDGE14.0114
CANTON7.7245
CARLISLE7.0260
CARVER6.0291
CHARLEMONT5.4308
CHARLTON9.0209
CHATHAM11.6154
CHELMSFORD17.469
CHELSEA11.1168
CHESHIRE7.2257
CHESTER4.7319
CHESTERFIELD5.4307
CHICOPEE17.273
CHILMARKNANA
CLARKSBURG0.0338
CLINTON17.175
COHASSET14.0116
COLRAIN6.3285
CommunityFixed costs as percent of spending, fy2012Rank
CONCORD4.4324
CONWAY10.4184
CUMMINGTON3.8331
DALTON9.7195
DANVERS17.562
DARTMOUTH8.2231
DEDHAMNANA
DEERFIELD10.9173
DENNIS11.3163
DIGHTON8.3229
DOUGLAS16.978
DOVER9.7196
DRACUT7.4256
DUDLEY10.8177
DUNSTABLE5.3309
DUXBURY6.1290
EAST BRIDGEWATER19.834
EAST BROOKFIELD6.7269
EASTHAM16.386
EASTHAMPTON19.736
EAST LONGMEADOW12.4135
EASTON17.372
EDGARTOWN14.6106
EGREMONT10.4184
ERVING11.3161
ESSEX6.6275
EVERETT11.8148
FAIRHAVEN8.7216
FALL RIVER11.4158
FALMOUTH18.154
FITCHBURG12.0144
FLORIDA17.371
FOXBOROUGH15.889
FRAMINGHAM7.9239
FRANKLIN8.4223
FREETOWN12.8133
GARDNER9.5199
GAY HEAD11.9147
GEORGETOWN17.467
GILL6.7269
GLOUCESTER20.823
GOSHEN3.6334
GOSNOLDNANA
GRAFTON12.1143
GRANBY15.397
GRANVILLE9.1206
GREAT BARRINGTON7.6247
GREENFIELD21.516
GROTON10.7178
GROVELAND5.7302
HADLEY14.5107
HALIFAX10.9174
HAMILTON6.0293
HAMPDEN3.9330
HANCOCK1.3336
HANOVER13.5123
HANSON13.9117
HARDWICK7.5253
HARVARD15.0102
HARWICH18.253
HATFIELDNANA
HAVERHILL11.2164
HAWLEY9.1207
HEATH7.6247
HINGHAM16.288
HINSDALENANA
HOLBROOK20.627
HOLDEN7.0264
HOLLAND11.0171
HOLLISTON12.3139
HOLYOKE16.583
HOPEDALE13.8119
HOPKINTON13.0128
HUBBARDSTONNANA
HUDSON7.7246
HULL23.49
HUNTINGTON3.7332
IPSWICH5.7301
KINGSTON11.9145
LAKEVILLE11.4160
LANCASTER5.8298
LANESBOROUGH15.396
LAWRENCE9.5198
LEE21.120
LEICESTER13.5124
LENOX17.857
LEOMINSTER8.3228
LEVERETT4.1327
LEXINGTON4.3325
LEYDEN5.3312
LINCOLN18.351
LITTLETON12.8132
LONGMEADOW5.9294
LOWELL7.6249
LUDLOW21.021
LUNENBURG10.4182
LYNN24.64
LYNNFIELD17.758
MALDEN8.4224
MANCHESTER11.5157
MANSFIELD17.660
MARBLEHEAD20.626
MARION12.4137
MARLBOROUGH8.4224
MARSHFIELD15.0100
MASHPEE17.661
MATTAPOISETT13.2127
MAYNARD20.528
MEDFIELD11.8150
MEDFORD24.17
MEDWAY14.9103
MELROSE21.218
MENDON7.8242
MERRIMAC5.6303
METHUEN8.0234
MIDDLEBOROUGH23.98
MIDDLEFIELD8.1232
MIDDLETON6.6273
MILFORD17.176
MILLBURY18.548
MILLIS15.492
MILLVILLE3.6335
MILTON8.8213
MONROE10.3187
MONSON10.5181
MONTAGUE11.4159
MONTEREY8.9211
MONTGOMERYNANA
MOUNT WASHINGTONNANA
NAHANT16.385
NANTUCKET8.7216
NATICK18.351
NEEDHAM17.370
NEW ASHFORD0.2337
NEW BEDFORD10.4186
NEW BRAINTREE3.9329
NEWBURY6.5279
NEWBURYPORT19.735
NEW MARLBOROUGH5.2314
NEW SALEM5.3311
NEWTON8.7215
NORFOLK11.0172
NORTH ADAMS17.563
NORTHAMPTON20.824
NORTH ANDOVER6.5279
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH16.880
NORTHBOROUGH13.0128
NORTHBRIDGE13.7120
NORTH BROOKFIELD20.032
NORTHFIELD6.2289
NORTH READING17.566
NORTON20.430
NORWELL17.274
NORWOOD14.6105
OAK BLUFFS15.394
OAKHAM4.6320
ORANGE18.844
ORLEANS14.0115
OTIS6.7272
OXFORD19.042
PALMER20.033
PAXTON5.8296
PEABODY7.9236
PELHAM7.7243
PEMBROKE20.131
PEPPERELL7.9236
PERU6.0292
PETERSHAM6.2286
PHILLIPSTON4.4322
PITTSFIELD24.36
PLAINFIELD8.5220
PLAINVILLE7.9241
PLYMOUTH9.2204
PLYMPTON9.4202
PRINCETON7.1259
PROVINCETOWN24.35
QUINCY26.91
RANDOLPH17.177
RAYNHAM10.2188
READING13.0130
REHOBOTH6.8266
REVERE9.5197
RICHMOND5.8296
ROCHESTER8.4224
ROCKLAND21.022
ROCKPORT21.615
ROWE15.0101
ROWLEY5.4306
ROYALSTON7.4255
RUSSELL6.5277
RUTLAND6.2287
SALEM19.439
SALISBURY11.2164
SANDISFIELD6.8267
SANDWICH19.341
SAUGUS22.513
SAVOY7.2258
SCITUATE16.484
SEEKONK19.638
SHARON6.4283
SHEFFIELD6.4284
SHELBURNE7.0263
SHERBORN8.0235
SHIRLEY12.7134
SHREWSBURY13.9118
SHUTESBURY11.6156
SOMERSET18.845
SOMERVILLE23.310
SOUTHAMPTON10.9175
SOUTHBOROUGH13.7121
SOUTHBRIDGE12.4135
SOUTH HADLEY17.468
SOUTHWICK8.5221
SPENCER11.0170
SPRINGFIELD9.2205
STERLINGNANA
STOCKBRIDGE9.9191
STONEHAM21.119
STOUGHTON7.7244
STOW7.0262
STURBRIDGE9.4201
SUDBURY12.3138
SUNDERLAND7.0260
SUTTON13.2126
SWAMPSCOTT16.287
SWANSEA19.637
TAUNTON26.42
TEMPLETONNANA
TEWKSBURY21.317
TISBURY16.879
TOLLANDNANA
TOPSFIELD9.9193
TOWNSEND9.0210
TRURO16.682
TYNGSBOROUGH15.691
TYRINGHAM18.647
UPTON7.6250
UXBRIDGE17.565
WAKEFIELD25.53
WALES14.5109
WALPOLE17.563
WALTHAM11.9145
WARE17.955
WAREHAM7.4254
WARREN9.7194
WARWICK8.6218
WASHINGTON5.6303
WATERTOWN23.111
WAYLAND17.659
WEBSTERNANA
WELLESLEY15.298
WELLFLEET14.6104
WENDELL5.7300
WENHAM6.7269
WESTBOROUGH15.199
WEST BOYLSTON18.646
WEST BRIDGEWATER15.690
WEST BROOKFIELD8.7214
WESTFIELD9.3203
WESTFORD14.1113
WESTHAMPTON11.2166
WESTMINSTER8.3230
WEST NEWBURY6.5276
WESTON18.943
WESTPORT15.395
WEST SPRINGFIELD8.4227
WEST STOCKBRIDGE6.4281
WEST TISBURY5.8298
WESTWOOD12.1141
WEYMOUTH9.9192
WHATELY11.8151
WHITMAN11.6154
WILBRAHAM8.1233
WILLIAMSBURG11.6152
WILLIAMSTOWN14.3110
WILMINGTON7.9238
WINCHENDON4.9318
WINCHESTER18.549
WINDSOR4.4322
WINTHROP22.912
WOBURN20.528
WORCESTER6.7268
WORTHINGTONNANA
WRENTHAM14.5108
YARMOUTH10.4183
SOURCE: Department of Revenue