Boston – State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) announces today that he secured the approval of the Massachusetts Senate for S. 1878, An Act authorizing the town of Peru to establish a fire station construction fund, during today’s informal legislative session.
The home rule petition, unanimously approved by Peru residents during a Special Town Meeting on January 24, 2011, was sponsored by Downing and State Representative Paul W. Mark (D- Peru).
Peru, a small rural town with less than 850 residents, has limited funds for community projects such as the construction of a new fire station. Residents suggested the creation of a special Fire Station Construction Fund would allow town leaders to collect voluntary donations to support the project.
S. 1878 authorizes the Peru Select Board to design a form, to be mailed with municipal tax bills, notifying taxpayers of the opportunity to donate to the fund. All donations received will be under the supervision of the Town Treasurer.
According to testimony submitted by Selectman Edward P. Richards to the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government, $4,000 in donations had been received by local officials as of October 14, 2011 for the project.
The legislation now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.