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Budget up for vote at Town Meeting

May 30, 2011
STURBRIDGE — The Annual Town Meeting and a Special Town Meeting will take place Monday, June 6, at 7 p.m. at Tantasqua Regional High School.

Residents will vote on 47 articles for the Annual Town Meeting and an additional seven articles for the Special Town Meeting.

Town officials have proposed a budget of $26,084,980 for fiscal year 2012. Article 3 will determine if residents vote to appropriate a sum of money as may be necessary to pay the town charges beginning on July 1, as well as if they support fixing the salaries and compensation of all elected officials of the town.

Article 12 will determine if residents support re-establishing revolving funds, which would include up to $10,000 going to the fire chief for HazMat cleanup purposes, $10,000 to the Board of Health, and $20,000 to the Sturbridge Tourist Association, as well as other revolving funds.

One of the most noteworthy articles in terms of the town's ability to provide support and relief to senior citizens is Article 38, which would enable the town to adopt a provision of Mass General Law (Chapter 58) that allows an approved representative to volunteer service to the town on behalf of a qualifying senior citizen, and also to have those volunteer hours credited to that senior's tax bill up to a maximum of $500. This would enable qualifying Sturbridge seniors who are unable to participate in the Senior Municipal Service Program (SMSP) due to physical limitations to still utilize the benefit offered by the SMSP through the volunteer efforts of others.

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

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