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North(borough) vs. South(borough)

Posted by Ralph Ranalli March 20, 2007 02:11 PM

NORTHBOROUGH/SOUTHBOROUGH

Northborough is owed $1.5 million more in reimbursement money than Southborough for the $61 million addition and renovation of Algonquin Regional High School, according to a legal opinion offered by town counsel.

Current state law should be used to determine how to split reimbursement money from the Massachusetts School Building Authority, not the agreement signed by the two towns before the construction actually began, according to a letter from David J. Doneski of the Boston law firm Kopelman and Paige in Boston. His opinion is at odds with Southborough and the regional school district.

A new state formula instructs money in regional districts to be divided based upon each communities reimbursement rate.
Northborough's Financial Planning Committee has estimated that the town should receive $1.5 million more in reimbursements under that new formula. The Northborough-Southborough Regional District School Committee voted to let the towns resolve the dispute.

-- Jennifer Rosinski

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