But the unfunded state mandate to post legal notices in "a newspaper of general circulation" adds up. Williamstown's Zoning Board of Appeals in 2017 was $2,250 overbudget for advertising, and the fiscal year 2019 budget line sees a commensurate 33 percent increase, from $3,900 to $5,200.
The biggest adjustment for town officials this year is the one-time switch of moving all the Williamstown Elementary School operational expenses out of the town budget and into the Mount Greylock Regional School District budget.
The Prudential Committee on Wednesday sent the voters a budget that reduces the fire district's spending by nearly $10,000.
The town will have a chance to approve the district's fiscal 2018 spending plan at the annual Fire District meeting on May 30 — two weeks after the annual town meeting.
The Finance Committee last week dug into the details of the town's proposed fiscal 2018 operations budget, which calls for an aggregate 1.98 percent increase in costs across all non-school departments.
The Police Department, Milne Public Library, Council on Aging, Community Development Office, and Assessor and Finance departments were among those who presented their spending plans to the Fin Comm.
The town is projecting a 5.5 percent tax increase attributable entirely to its two largest cost centers: Williamstown Elementary School and Mount Greylock Regional High School.
Town Manager Jason Hoch in separate meetings Wednesday presented a fiscal 2018 budget overview to the Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee.
Town meeting on Tuesday night approved the elementary school's requested fiscal 2017 budget- after cutting it by a symbolic $27.
There had been concerns that the $6 million budget would be "held hostage" by constituents angry at the reductions made to the school's Side-By-Side special education preschool program. But opponents expressed their displeasure with an amendment that cut the school's funding by $1 for every year that Side-By-Side has existed.