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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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Williamstown Property Tax Nudging Up by 1.2 Percent

On Wednesday, Town Manager Jason Hoch gave the Finance Committee an overview of the latest numbers for FY19, projecting an increase of 20.81 cents on the 2018 tax rate of $17.94 per $1,000 of valuation.

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Williamstown Fin Comm Continues Review of Town Spending Plan

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.

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Williamstown Finance Committee Begins Budget Review

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.

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Williamstown Fire District Budget Down Slightly for FY18

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.

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Williamstown Fin Comm Combs Through FY18 Spending Plan

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.

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School Assessment Hike Draws Concern at Williamstown Town Hall

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.

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