Section 53 of chapter 44 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking section 53 in its entirety and inserting in place thereof the following:-
Section 53. All moneys received by any city, town or district officer or department, except as otherwise provided by special acts and except fees provided for by statute, shall be paid by such officers or department upon their receipt into the city, town or district treasury. Any sums so paid into the city, town or district treasury shall not later be used by such officer or department without specific appropriation thereof; provided, however, that (1) sums allotted by the commonwealth or a county to cities or towns for highway purposes and sums allotted by the commonwealth to cities, towns or districts for water pollution control purposes shall be available therefor without specific appropriation, but shall be used only for the purposes for which the allotment is made or to meet temporary loans issued in anticipation of such allotment as provided in section six or six A, (2) sums not in excess of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars recovered under the terms of fire or physical damage insurance policy and sums not in excess of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars received in restitution for damage done to such city, town or district property may be used by the officer or department having control of the city, town or district property for the restoration or replacement of such property without specific appropriation and (3) sums recovered from pupils in the public schools for loss of school books or paid by pupils for materials used in the industrial arts projects may be used by the school committee for the replacement of such books or materials without specific appropriation.
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