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  Four communities get more Marathon aid

By Alison O'Leary Murray, Globe Correspondent, 4/4/2004

After holding out for more money, the Natick Board of Selectmen learned last week that the Boston Athletic Association has agreed to increase the share of funds to the town from the Boston Marathon.

Although selectmen had not granted a permit to the race until last week, they acknowledged that the request for increased funding was a matter of principle and would not actually prevent the race from going through town on April 19. Natick officials sought an increase from $20,000 to $25,000, but BAA officials notified the town by mail that $22,500 was the amount the board of directors had approved -- for Natick and three other towns in the middle of the route, Ashland, Framingham, and Wellesley.

Natick Selectman Paul McKinley said the increase is an acknowledgement that the towns deserved more after 10 years of receiving the same amount. But he said he'd still like to see a formula applied to all of the towns along the race route, taking into account the number of spectators, the miles of roadway involved, and the amount of additional public safety personnel required.

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