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Weary Mass. city, town officials face cuts

From struggling cities like Brockton to comfortable suburbs like Walpole, Governor Deval ­Patrick’s proposal to cut un­restricted local aid by $9 million has hit municipal officials like a cold blast of winter weather.

Added to targeted cuts of $28.7 million for local services ranging from special education to school transportation, Patrick’s proposal to trim unrestricted local aid, which can be used for any ­expense, is leaving many cities and towns with a frustrated sense of “been there, done that, why me” weariness.

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