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Legislators bring back local aid

Towns reap benefits of extra cash

State Rep. Ryan Fattman, R-Sutton, stands along side his colleagues, State Rep. Kevin Kuros, R-Uxbridge, and Rep. Peter Durant, R-Spencer, during a local aid check presentation Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Uxbridge Town Hall. Joy Richard. (click for larger version)
November 20, 2011
UXBRIDGE — After years of experiencing cuts in local aid, towns throughout Central Massachusetts recently received funds back from Beacon Hill.

In a press conference held at the Uxbridge Town Hall Tuesday, Nov. 15, State Rep. Kevin Kuros, R-Uxbridge, Rep. Ryan Fattman, R-Sutton, Rep. Peter Durant, R-Spencer, and local officials gathered to announce the total amount of funding being allocated to the region. The overall number came in at $1,235,172.

Kuros said the GOP-funded local aid increases were aimed at helping the cities and towns in the area, which have been hit the hardest by state cuts, which he said have been taking place for the past four years.

He said the money was taken from revision funds, which are defined as "left over cash that may be available at the end of the year in most cities and towns." Kuros added that these funds are similar to "free cash," which communities can allocate throughout the year for various projects.

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

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