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Pittsfield School Committee Make No Changes to Budget

Last week, the City Council had preliminarily approved the entire fiscal 2021 budget except for the $64.4 million school plan that they tossed back to the School Committee for another look. Councilors had expressed concern that the school budget was too tight.

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Adams Sets First Month's Budget With Fiscal Restraint The Hope

Just like its partner in the Hoosac Valley Regional School District, Cheshire, and the school district itself, Adams will wait for definitive state aid numbers from Boston before approving a hard budget. The COVID-19 pandemic has spawned wide speculation of revenue shortfalls in the commonwealth.

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Pittsfield Council Sends $64.4M Budget Back School Officials

The City Council on Wednesday night sent the proposed $64.4 million school budget back to the School Committee.

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Cheshire Selectmen Set First Month's Budget for FY2021

The town adopted a 1/12th budget process for the short term in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In lieu of a town meeting to set the budget by the state's June 30 deadline, towns can opt to go one month at a time based on their fiscal 2020 budget.

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North Adams Proposing $41M 'Placeholder' Budget

Mayor Thomas Bernard submitted the document to the council on Tuesday night with the anticipation of having a spending plan in place by the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

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Pittsfield Council Trims Police Budget, Puts Money Toward Mental Health

The City Council on Monday night cut $100,000 out of the Police Department budget and earmarked $85,000 for additional mental health clinicians.

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State Compels Williamstown to Submit Simplified Monthly Spending Plan

The Select Board on Monday afternoon approved a new dollar figure for the town's 1/12th budget spending plan after the state told the town to submit a higher amount.

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Pittsfield School Budget Tabled After Technical Issues

The City Council on Thursday tabled the Pittsfield Public Schools fiscal 2021 budget of $64,493,70 at the conclusion of a four-hour-plus hearing after some technical difficulties brought the meeting to a grinding halt.

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Lanesborough OKs Articles at 'Socially Distanced' Town Meeting

Town Moderator Chris Dodig kicked off the meeting by explaining the town's thought process in deciding to have the meeting at all despite the novel cooronavirus pandemic that has wreaked havoc on the municipal budget process across the state and forced many towns to postpone meetings and even some to go so far as to consider holding them outdoors.

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North Adams Schools Mull Reconfiguration, Closure Scenarios

School officials are bracing for a worst-case budget scenario that could mean the closure of one of the three elementary schools. At minimum, the district is anticipating reductions in positions. There's also the possibility of the reconfiguration of Brayton and Greylock schools.

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Adams Decides Month-by-Month Budget Going Into Fiscal 2021

Town Administrator Jay Green and the Board of Selectmen have decided to go the 1/12th budget route for at least the start of fiscal year 2021.

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Pittsfield Council Wastes No Time Approving 10 Budget Sections

The City Council met for day two of budget hearings Thursday night on the proposed $170 million spending plan for fiscal 2021 and preliminarily approved 10 departmental budgets unchanged in just under an hour and a half.

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Cheshire Tackling Budget Process, Phase II Reopening

The Board of Selectmen elected a new chair Tuesday night as Michelle Francesconi was elevated to the seat for the first time.

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Williamstown Moving Ahead With Month-to-Month Spending Plan

He explained the month-to-month spending plan to both the Select Board and Finance Committee in video conferences on back-to-back nights.

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North Adams Trying to Determine 'Worst Case' Budget Picture

The city administration is looking at what kind of scenario North Adams can operate under without knowing how the state budget will play out.

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Pittsfield Budget Hearings Begin Next Week

The City Council will begin a review of the proposed $169,537,880 fiscal 2021 operational budget in early June.

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Pittsfield School Committee Accepts Fiscal 2021 Budget

he School Committee has accepted a fiscal 2021 budget that is level funded at $65,113,700 but fears further reductions in Chapter 70 could cause more cuts.

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BRPC Eliminates Community Assessment Increases

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission accepted an amended budget Thursday with no increases to community assessments.

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Clarksburg Finance Committee Recommends $4.6M Budget

The figures are mostly set but the committee did make some updates on Monday, including the information technology budget and a school line item. The meeting was held by teleconference as Town Hall is still closed.

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Williamstown Fire District Eyes Slight Decrease in Spending for FY21

The Prudential Committee, which oversees the district, at its Wednesday meeting, reviewed the FY21 spending plan and other warrant articles for the June 30 annual district meeting.

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Pittsfield School Budget Anticipates $1.4M in Cuts

School administrators on Wednesday outlined one vision of a level-funded budget that could eliminate just under 30 positions.

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Adams Preparing for 'Very Conservative' Budget for Fiscal 2021

The fiscal 2021 budget has to be approved at town meeting by the end of the fiscal year on June 30, which might prove difficult given the social distancing guidelines an auditorium full of people would violate every current regulation. If town meeting were postponed past that date, the town would have to revert back to its 2020 budget and work on a month-to-month basis.

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North Adams Budget Projections Raise Specter of Great Recession

That's the worst-case scenario that Mayor Thomas Bernard said he and his financial team are keeping in mind as they look at possible losses on the order of $2.6 million.

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Pittsfield School Committee Sees Level-Funded Budget

Last week, administrators came before the School Committee empty handed because with the COVID-19 pandemic essentially resetting the state budget, they had little context to build their own budget.

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Hoosac Valley School Committee Accepts Fiscal 2021 Budget

The Hoosac Valley Regional School Committee has accepted a $20.1 million budget for fiscal 2021 that will mean the loss of 20 positions.