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5 Things You Need to Know Today: Sept. 26

Milford continues to hold steady with its finances, and expects to direct $1 million this year to reduce the tax rate.

Our weekday morning column, 5 Things You Need to Know, provides you with information that can help you plan your day and give you some fodder for water cooler conversations.

1. The town of Milford continues to remain in rock-solid financial shape. The town will use $1 million to defray the 2013 property tax rate, Milford Selectmen announced this week. And every item placed by selectmen on the Oct. 22 special town meeting warrant, with a financial component, will be recommended for approval.

2. The new stoplight coming (Oct. 1) to Water and Prospect streets is a state project, and it's costing the town just $200. Town Meeting voters agreed to set aside $6,500 for temporary and permanent property easements. But all of the property owners in the area have donated their easements, saving local taxpayers everything but the $200 recording fees. The property owners who did this: Peter J. Ferrelli, John and Mary Santoian and Francis and Theresa Iacovelli.

3. The town of Mendon — which no longer has a Building Commissioner — has asked whether Milford would be willing to share its inspectors for building, wiring, plumbing and gas permits, and conducting inspections. In exchange, Milford would keep the permit fees generated from the Mendon inspections. Milford Selectmen, who received the request from Mendon Selectmen this month, asked Town Administrator Louis Celozzi to investigate the options.

4. If you want to get to know the Republican candidate for the Fourth Congressional District, which includes Milford, mark the date: Oct 1. Sean Bielat will participate in a Town Hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Milford Town Library. Bielat will face Democratic candidate Joseph Kennedy III in November.

5. The registration closing date is approaching soon for the and follow a scenic route through the scenic Blackstone Valley Corridor. All riders will receive a T-shirt and the money goes to education and research into the causes and consequences of childhood autism.

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