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North Adams Fin Comm Reviews Public Services, Inspection Budgets

Canales said department heads will be queried about fee structures so they can be built into the fiscal 2020 budget. He said the two separate inspection departments will probably be moved into one department.

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Williamstown Fin Comm Splashes Sand Springs Pool Funding

The non-profit, which purchased renovated the existing pool on Sand Springs Road and offers memberships at a reduced rate from that charged by its for-profit predecessor, is asking the town for $19,000 to help fund its operational expenses.

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Adams Finance Committee Completes Review of Fiscal 2019 Budget

A vote to approve the town administrator's personal services budget failed with a 1-9 vote because a majority of the committee felt the $95,000 salary cap for the town administrator's salary was out of line.

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North Adams Finance Begins Review of $44M Budget for Fiscal 2019

The committee will look through the draft budget over four meetings, the first of which was held on Wednesday night in City Council chambers. That session looked at general government, revenues, unclassified, debt and capital costs.

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Williamstown Finance Committee Reviews School Spending Proposal

When those costs are adjusted for an apples-to-apples comparison, the property tax burden for Williamstown Elementary comes out to $6.5 million, up from $6.4 million this year, a change of 1.84 percent.

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Adams Changing Budget Hearings to Previous Procedure

Former Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco had initiated the joint public hearings held at the Visitors Center during his three-year tenure and greatly condensed the budget process. Department heads presented their budgets via PowerPoint and the public was encouraged to attend and ask questions.

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Pittsfield Finance Director: Grant Has Curbed Firefighter Overtime

The hiring of eight new firefighters through a safer grant is helping curb overtime. For years the overtime budgets for both the Police Department and the Fire Department have been underfunded, leaving a deficit that needs to be made up at the close of the fiscal year every year. This year, however, the city won a federal grant to bring on eight new firefighters and with that, overtime had dropped dramatically.

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Pittsfield Finance Panel Is No on $74M Wastewater Project

The City Council's finance subcommittee is recommending that the city hold off on borrowing $74 million to make major repairs to the wastewater system.

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Williamstown Finance Endorses Police Station, School Regionalization

The Finance Committee voted unanimously to support the plan of local school officials to expand the Mount Greylock Regional School District and the proposed purchase of a Simonds Road property for a new police station ó questions likely to be posed to the town at a special town meeting on Nov. 14.

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Adams Finance Committee Rejects Adams-Cheshire Amendment

The Finance Committee rejected the citizen's petition article to amend the ACRSD agreement and allow Cheshire to independently fund their elementary school. "We usually donít vote on citizenís petitions and we just send them through but this one will have a major impact," Finance Committee member Jeffrey Lefebvre said. "I think we should give a sense of direction on what our feeling is."

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Lanesborough FinCom Approves Budget, Cuts Health Insurance Lines

The Finance Committee approved its version of the budget on Monday, but that board's decision to cut close to $50,000 from health insurance lines has the town manager concerned. "I really am concerned about the amount of money being cut out of health insurance," Town Manager Paul Sieloff said. "It is an unnecessary risk."

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North Adams Eyes Tax Title Sales For Tax Relief, Engineering

The city has a fairly good idea what the increase in its fiscal 2018 budget will be: 1.12 percent, largely driven by health insurance increases, pensions, the school budget and two new positions. But it doesn't yet know how much revenue will come in this year as it pursues some $2.6 million in liens, taxes and interest outstanding. The hope is to use some of those gains to offset taxes and prepare engineering for projects in anticipation of a debt drop-off in 2020.

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Williamstown Fin Comm Votes Recommendations on Town Meeting Articles

The Finance Committee on Wednesday recommended passage of all the fiscal warrants for May's Annual Town Meeting, but not until after it revisited a few of the arguments that punctuated budget season at Town Hall.

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Adams Finance Committee Votes Down McCann Budget

The Finance Committee approved the entire $15.5 million budget but voted to not recommend the McCann assessment to the town that has increased 27 percent. The Finance Committee had few concerns with the town side of the fiscal year 2018 budget Thursday but refused to recommend the McCann budget with a 10 to 1 vote, even though the selectmen approved it with a 3-1 vote.

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Adams Warns Regional School District No Support for Budget Increase

School officials arrived empty-handed to Tuesday's Finance Committee meeting because Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee's spending plan for fiscal 2018 is up in the air. The Finance Committee had penciled in the assessment for Adams based on a $19.2 million budget that should have been approved on Monday. Instead, the School Committee's three Cheshire representatives balked at a plan that would mean the closure of Cheshire Elementary School.

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Williamstown Fin Comm Pleased With School Budget Presentation

An appreciative Finance Committee on Wednesday heard an explanation of Williamstown Elementary School's proposed $6.8 million fiscal 2018 budget. The K-6 school has a budget that calls for a 2.39 percent spending increase over this year but which calls for a 3.64 percent increase in funding from town property taxes.

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Williamstown Ambulance Service in Dire Straits, Seeks Town Funding

The town's ambulance service is in critical condition, officials told the Finance Committee on Wednesday. And if Village Ambulance does not receive town support, it likely will go out of business in the next six months, according to the president of its board of directors.

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North Adams Finance Committee Recommends Building Purchase

The Finance Committee on Monday grilled administration officials on the proposed purchase of a defunct anodizing plant for use as a public services facility. After two hours of questioning by committee and audience members, the three-person committee voted to recommend a purchase-and-sales agreement of $995,000 for the building at 59 Hodges Cross Road to the full City Council on Tuesday.

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