BOSTON (AP) - The state auditor says Massachusetts owes its cities and towns a total of $7.2 million to cover the costs of holding the special U.S. Senate election held earlier this year.
Auditor Suzanne Bump said Thursday she had notified Secretary of State William Galvin, who will be responsible for administering the payments to the state's 351 local communities.
Democrat Edward Markey won the June 25 special election to fill the seat formerly held by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
The auditor's office had ruled in 2009, following the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy, that the state must reimburse cities and towns for the cost of holding special election to fill U.S. Senate vacancies.
Bump says the 2013 reimbursements range from $970,000 for Boston to $234 for the small western Massachusetts town of Tyringham.