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Residents nix preservation proposals

Budget article passes easily

May 22, 2011
BRIMFIELD — Residents rejected the article involving the Massachusetts Community Preservation Act at the Annual Town Meeting Monday night, May 16, as well as an article that would have allowed the town to use money to eliminate the growth of milfoil on various bodies of water.

Had residents supported Article 19 and the Community Preservation Act, the town would have been able to establish a surcharge on property taxes for the purpose of creating a local Community Preservation Fund for open space protection, historic preservation, affordable housing, and outdoor recreation. Some town officials expect that, even though the article was defeated, it will be presented to residents again during the June 6 Annual Town Elections due to a petition.

Article 31, which was also defeated, would have enabled the town to transfer $50,500 from the Capital Purchase Stabilization Fund for aquatic vegetation management designed to eliminate and control the growth of milfoil in Lake Sherman, Little Alum Pond, and Mill Pond.

Town Moderator Michael Miller was pleased with residents' approval of Articles 3 and 4, as both involved the budget and combined for more than $8 million in appropriated funds. Aside from one hold on a line item that was swiftly defeated, both articles passed.

"The entire budget was approved in about 15 minutes, which is one of the quickest budgets I have seen approved," Miller said.

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

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