The city of Peabody has received state reimbursement to help offset some of the costs of last spring’s special election for state representative, according to an announcement from Mayor Edward Bettencourt's office.
City Clerk Tim Spanos said the reimbursement of approximately $25,000 covered the cost of the special state primary election held on March 5 and a small portion of the cost of the special state election held on April 2.
“The reimbursement is very helpful,” Bettencourt said. “Elections are the pillars of our democratic system and they can be very expensive. From a local budget standpoint, we appreciate the relief. I want to thank Rep. [Leah] Cole and our state delegation as well as Treasurer Steven Grossman for facilitating this reimbursement.”
State law stipulates that in special elections called for the purposes of filling a vacancy in the Legislature, compensation for a legislator not spent during the period of vacancy is set aside in a special fund maintained by the state treasurer and made payable to the city or town in which the special election was held.
"I am extremely pleased to present the city of Peabody with a reimbursement check for some of the cost of the special election,” state Rep. Leah Cole said. “When I first got elected I heard about a bill that allowed for the salary that would have been collected by the former state representative during the time of the special election could be used towards the cost of the special election. I rolled up my sleeves and got to work with the House and the Treasury to make this a reality. I am pleased to make this one of my first acts as Peabody's new state representative."