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New law covers town expenses during antique shows

Funds for the Brimfield Antiques Shows will now be easier to manage thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Deval Patrick. (click for larger version)
January 24, 2011
BRIMFIELD — Town officials will enjoy the benefits of a more comprehensive and efficient accounting policy during its three antique shows later this year.

Last week, Gov. Deval Patrick signed a law allowing the town to set up a special fund to cover municipal expenses for the shows.

Previously, Brimfield's municipal expenses were included in the general fund, which made it difficult to ascertain exactly where money came from and how much time town employees were spending to work at the shows. In addition, the town needed to keep track of dealer permit fees paid by individual antiques dealers and emergency services fees paid by the owners of property abutting Route 20 on which the shows are held.

"We are thankful that the law was passed by Gov. Patrick this time around, because we tried back in 2008 and it was rejected," said Selectman Diane Panaccione, who claims the new law will also allow for better control and evaluation of money pertaining to the provision of emergency services during the shows.

Sen. Stephen Brewer, D-Barre, and State Rep. Todd Smola, R-Palmer, played integral roles in promoting this legislation and helping to get it approved by lawmakers and Patrick.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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