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Council approves Bay Path project

Southbridge voters get their say June 26

March 28, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — Repeatedly stating that the decision is up to the voters, the Town Council voted unanimously to support the $73 million Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School renovation/expansion project and send it to the June ballot.

"There are things that are nice to have, and there are things that are necessity. This is a necessity," said Councilor Laurent "Butch" McDonald, noting he usually votes against town spending proposals because he wants to be sure funds exist to support projects like this.

The way the process works is, in theory, simple. Now that the council has said yes, the voters decide on June 26 whether the project is worth exempting Southbridge's share of the bill from the limits of Proposition 2 1/2. What makes it complicated is that nine other towns are going through the same process and are quite likely to have more contentious initial votes than this one because they all have Town Meetings.

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

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