BOSTON – Representative Paul K. Frost (R-Auburn) and Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) announce the legislature’s state budget for fiscal year 2015 has been sent to the Governor for approval following the end of session on Monday, June 30, 2014 and it included funding for Auburn which both legislators supported. The budget has amendments Frost first filed in the House version of the budget back in late April for $80,000 for the construction of a handicap-accessible playground at the Dr. Arthur and Dr. Martha Pappas Recreation Complex and $5,000 towards summer camp programs to help at risk youth through Auburn Youth and Family Services. Senator Moore was also successful in having these items included in the Senate version of the budget which was debated in May.
Frost commented, “The $80,000 for the handicap accessible playground at the Pappas Complex will combine with the private fundraising from Auburn citizens and businesses along with a matching commitment from Dr. Arthur and Dr. Martha Pappas to fully fund the project. This funding will make the handicap accessible playground a reality and will further make the Pappas complex a place where all children can enjoy the outdoors and be active.” Frost added, “The $5,000 for Auburn Youth and Family Services will help them meet an unforeseen shortfall to cover the cost of their summer programs which helps at risk youth, when grant money from another charity organization was unexpectedly not realized this year. I’m pleased through the state budget process we can help this wonderful organization continue its great work year round.”
“Both the Pappas Recreation Complex and Auburn Youth and Family Services provide invaluable resources to the residents of Auburn. This funding will further help the Town of Auburn to provide opportunities for its residents,” Senator Moore said. “The Auburn Youth and Family Services summer programs are amazing programs that not only give children a place to go in the summer months, but also provides them with quality opportunities. Also, the completion of the Pappas Recreational Complex will serve as a place for residents to interact with each other and the town in an entirely new way.”
The final version of the State Budget also included increased funding for Regional School Transportation and Special Education Circuit Breaker Funding. Auburn will receive $8,389,817 in Chapter 70 funding (state aid provided to public elementary and secondary schools) and $1,523,900 in Unrestricted General Government Aid, which the town may use for any of its services and town programs. After months of deliberation in the House and Senate, the budget now sits on the Governor’s desk, where he has 10 days to review and make amendments for further consideration by the legislature and or potentially line-item veto parts of the budget.