• REP. HARRINGTON SECURES FUNDING FOR TOWNSEND PUBLIC SAFETY PROJECTS IN HOUSE BUDGET

    BOSTON (May 5, 2014) – Representative Sheila C. Harrington (R-Groton) successfully advocated for an amendment to the Massachusetts House of Representatives’ fiscal year 2015 budget that would allocate “no less than $50,000” to the town of Townsend for public safety projects. Amendment G was adopted by the House of Representatives in a roll call vote during the yearly budget debate in late April.

    “I was made aware of Townsend’s need for these funds by the Town Administrator, Andrew Sheehan,” said Representative Harrington. “He told me that Townsend could really use these funds for things like electronic road signs used to alert drivers of road work, detours, and emergencies.”

    The public safety funding was one of many items Representative Harrington fought to include in the FY2015 budget, including increased regional funding for education, and a bill to return surplus revenue to the towns.

    “I make it a priority to maintain a good working relationship with the town governments,” said Harrington. “Sheehan has done a great job of keeping me informed about projects in Townsend that could use supplemental funding. I was glad to advocate on behalf of Townsend to get these public safety projects funded.”

    In the coming weeks, the House budget will go to a conference committee to be reconciled with the Senate budget. A final budget will be produced before July 1, for the start of FY2015.