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Clarksburg Sees Fiscal 2019 Revenues Increase

Town Accountant Donna Estes told the Finance Committee on Monday that the two largest drivers were motor vehicle excise tax and delinquent property tax fees.

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Clarksburg Finance Committee Has Questions on School Budget

The Finance Committee and School Department are working through the budget for fiscal 2020 and trying to determine where some $94,000 in retirement insurance for should land.

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Williamstown Town Manager Supports Funding Requests From Non-Profits

Jason Hoch addressed the town's Finance Committee two days after a member of the Select Board suggested that the town reevaluate the level of its support to the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce.

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Pittsfield FinCom Will Pay Airport Project Overage, More May Come

The Finance Committee is not happy with the process, but agreed to pay the overage for the airport runway process. And there might be even more to come. A number of change orders caused the project to go $89,374 over budget. The Federal Aviation Administration and the state Department of Transportation are paying $80,249 of that total but the city still needs to up its contribution by $9,125.

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Williamstown Finance Committee Begins Review of FY20 Budget

The town manager is planning a fiscal 2020 budget that shows a 5 percent increase in general government expenses but which will have an impact of just 3.8 percent on the tax rate.

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Adams Finance Committee Approves Reserve Fund Transfer

Members of both the select board and the Finance Committee inspected the truck along with the DPW's chief mechanic. Interim Town Administrator Donna Cesan said all agreed the truck was a bargain.

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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 questions likely to be posed to the town at a special town meeting on Nov. 14.

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