Published in the June 15, 2018 edition

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Senate has passed its version of the Fiscal Year 2019 state budget, and Senator Jason Lewis is pleased to announce the passage of a budget amendment for vital repairs to Melrose’s Memorial Hall.

Senator Lewis secured a budget amendment for $100,000 in funding to help rehabilitate Memorial Hall, providing for repairs to the roof, ceiling and walls.

“I’m very pleased to have secured funding to preserve and update a vital Melrose landmark,” said Senator Lewis. “I understand, as do community and city leaders in Melrose, that Memorial Hall is a vital cultural and civic hub in the city, serving as home to both the Melrose Veterans Group and the Melrose Symphony Orchestra. I was happy to convey that message to my colleagues in the Senate in order to advance this important priority.”

Commenting on the successfully adopted budget amendment, Melrose Mayor Gail Infurna said:

“We greatly appreciate Senator Lewis’s support for money towards the restoration of the historic Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building located in the City of Melrose. Memorial Hall was built in 1912 to honor the soldiers and sailors that gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. In 2017, more than 60,000 guests attended events in Memorial Hall with over 380 events. This historic building is in desperate need of structural upgrades (roof, ceiling, and wall repairs) to preserve this historic landmark. We recently funded a building needs assessment study to prioritize the many repairs of the building, so the Senate’s support is greatly appreciated.”

With the passage of the FY18 budget in the Senate, both the Senate and the Massachusetts House of Representatives have named conference committee members who will work to draft a final budget, compromising on differences between the two houses. That final budget will then go to Governor Charles Baker’s desk for his signature.

Fiscal Year 2019 begins on July 1, 2018.