Town Manager Paul Sieloff is proposing a town budget that would raise the tax rate by 1.5 percent.
Sieloff says is proposing two major additions - two emergency medical technicians to work in the Highway Department and doubling the amount of money going toward road projects. The town manager says the town will particularly benefit this year with no increase in health insurance. The town is part of the Berkshire Health Group, which voted last week to keep premiums the same.
The City Council and School Committee gathered Tuesday night for the annual report on the financial condition of the city. Auditor Thomas Scanlon of Scanlon & Associates said the city's reserve total is in a "good" range but he'd still like to see more.
The breakfast was a chance to let local legislators — state Reps. John Barrett III and Tricia Farley-Bouvier and state Sen. Adam Hinds, represented by his aide A.J. Enchill — know the importance libraries hold as centers of communities. And to encourage those in attendance to spread the word about writing letters in support of the Board of Library Commissioners' budget requests.
Town Manager Paul Sieloff wants to put more money toward road maintenance.
The town's budgeting process will start in earnest in two weeks with a meeting with the Police, Highway, and Fire Department heads to discuss needs in the next budget. Sieloff said he is looking to double the amount the town spends on road repairs if possible.
The School Committee heard from Hoosac Valley High School Principal Jerimiah Ames, who after going through the current state of the districtwide turnaround plan, briefed the committee on what the district is doing to keep these middle school students in the district.