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Conservation Commissions' Authority to Collect Fees and Spend Funds, Sept/Oct 2009

September 1, 2009

By: Kathleen E. Connolly

Many MACC Help Line calls involve questions regarding permissible expenditures by Conservation Commissions from the three distinct types of funds that commissions are authorized by statute to maintain. The Conservation Commission Fund, authorized by the Conservation Commission Act, G.L. c. 40, §8C, is used for any purpose allowed by that statute, which can include a broad list of costs and expenses related to land. The Wetlands Protection Fund is authorized by the Wetlands Protection Act G.L. c. 131, §40 into which the local portion of filing fees for project applications are deposited and expenditures made for administration and enforcement of the Wetlands Protection Act.

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