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Mass. Taxpayers Will Fund Sandwich Project That Sandwich Voters Did Not Want to Fund

Plymouth 12/08/2012: Senate President Therese Murray attended the Grand Opening Celebration of the Plymouth Council on Aging. Photo by Debee Tlumacki for the Boston Globe (regional) Reporter: Christine Legere
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In May, voters in Sandwich, Mass., rejected a Proposition 2 1/2 capital exclusion to fund synthetic turf fields at Sandwich High School in East Sandwich. Senate President Therese Murray, of Plymouth, then inserted the $500,000 into the state budget, which got approved.

According to The Massachusetts Department of Revenue, Proposition 2 1/2 allows a community to assess taxes in excess of the automatic annual 2.5 percent increase and any increase due to new growth by passing an “override.” The Department’s website states: “A community may take this action as long as it is below its levy ceiling, or 2.5 percent of full and fair cash value.”

A spokesman for Murray told The Cape Cod Times that funding for the field at the Capt. Gerald F. “Jerry” DeConto Veterans Memorial Stadium was approved by the full House and Senate on Monday.

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The Times reports that Gov. Deval Patrick has 10 days to review the budget, which he can “sign into law, veto or adjust line items, or propose amendments and send the budget back to the Legislature.”

Murray told The Times that DeConto, who grew up in Cape Cod, “deserved to be honored.” He was killed during the attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

According to the high school’s sports complex website, the school will also be “meeting with Sandwich town officials to finalize funding requests that will cover installation of Grandstands and Field Lights” in the DeConto Stadium.

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