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Flood Control Compact Fund

SECTION 32.   Said chapter 10 is hereby further amended by inserting after section 35AAA the following 2 sections:-

Section 35BBB. (a) There shall be established and set up on the books of the commonwealth a Douglas State Forest Maintenance Trust Fund to be used, without further appropriation, for the long-term preservation, maintenance, nourishment and public safety of the Douglas State Forest in the town of Douglas. Any balance in the fund at the end of the fiscal year shall not revert to the General Fund, but shall remain available for expenditure in subsequent fiscal years. No expenditure made from the fund shall cause the fund to become deficient at any point during a fiscal year.

(b) The department of conservation and recreation shall impose a surcharge of $1 upon each fee charged and collected for admission to and parking in the Douglas State Forest. The additional monies collected from the surcharge shall be deposited into the Douglas State Forest Maintenance Trust Fund. Expenditures by the fund for public safety may be made available to the police, fire, ambulance and emergency personnel of the town of Douglas. On or before November 30 of each year, the department of conservation and recreation shall meet with the board of selectmen of the town of Douglas to discuss the maintenance and safety plan for the forest for the next calendar year as well as the balance and expenditures from the Douglas State Forest Maintenance Trust Fund.

(c) An annual report, which shall include projects undertaken, expenditures made and income received by the fund, shall be submitted to the clerks of the house of representatives and the senate and to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than December 31 of each year.

Section 35CCC. There shall be established and set up on the books of the commonwealth a Flood Control Compact Fund, which shall be administered by the department of conservation and recreation. The fund shall be credited with: (i) all sums received by the commonwealth on account of compacts authorized by the general court, including sums received from other states; (ii) any appropriations, bond proceeds or other monies authorized or transferred by the general court and specifically designated to be credited to the fund; (iii) all other amounts credited or transferred to the fund from any other fund or source; and (iv) interest or investment earnings on any such monies. Amounts credited to the fund may be expended, without further appropriation, by the department for costs arising under any compact authorized by the general court, including, but not limited, to reimbursing cities and towns in the commonwealth or other states and their political subdivisions for costs. The unexpended balance in the fund at the end of a fiscal year shall not revert to the General Fund, but shall remain available for expenditure in subsequent fiscal years. No expenditure made from the fund shall cause the fund to become deficient at any point.