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North Adams Sees Tax Rate Fall as Values Rise

The City Council on Tuesday approved to continue a split tax rate and to set the commercial shift at 1.71. That will reduce the residential tax rate to $18.62 per $1,000 valuation, down 49 cents over last year, and the commercial/industrial rate at $40.67, down 94 cents from last year.

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Property Taxes Set to Rise in Adams

Homeowners will pay $21.88, an increase of 49 cents per $1,000 of valuation while commercial properties will rise by 59 cents to $25.99 per $1,000.

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$5M More For Pittsfield Schools Highlight in State Budget

The Pittsfield school system was particularly a big winner in this year's state budget. The state's budget includes a $5 million increase for Pittsfield schools over last year. State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier called it a "downpayment" for significant increases to come in the next few years.

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Education, Census, Opioid Task Force Highlights In State Budget For Mark

The big news in the state's budget is $5.18 billion in Chapter 70 aid for schools, according to state Rep. Paul Mark. "That is the most in the history of Massachusetts and it is also the biggest increase year over year in this account," Mark said. "I think that is a really positive step toward what we have been working on getting this foundation budget changed."

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South County Programs, State Park Fund Secured for FY2020

Funded at $43.1 billion, H. 4000 makes major investments in education, housing, substance use disorder services, health care, and other areas while projecting a more than $476 million deposit into the Stabilization Fund bringing the fund's balance to more than $3 billion to safeguard the future of vital programs and services.

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State FY2020 Budget Has Funding for Flyer, Rural Schools

A compromise state spending bill reached over the weekend contains good news for the Berkshires, particularly its rural school districts.

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North Adams Council OKs $41M Budget, Hopes for Lifeguards

The City Council on Tuesday approved a $41 million spending plan for fiscal 2020 but not until spending nearly an hour debating where to find $14,000 for lifeguards.

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Pittsfield Council OKs $175M Operating Budget, $11M Capital Plan

The City Council approved both the operating budget and the capital budget on Tuesday, June 11,but not before one more match of pickleball.

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North Adams Council Delays Approval of Fiscal 2020 Budget

The City Council on Tuesday punted the fiscal 2020 budget approval another two weeks on the recommendation of Councilor Marie T. Harpin.

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Tyer Eyes Potential Purchase, Demolition of Blighted Gas Station

Mayor Linda Tyer has a tentative plan to get rid of the eyesore of a former Hess gas station on Tyler Street. In the proposed capital budget, Tyer is seeking funds to purchase the property and turn it into green space. The mayor said on Monday the parcel has been identified as an important piece of redevelopment on Tyler Street and the city has agreed to take ownership, provided the owners are willing to sell.

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Tyer Proposes $175 Million Municipal Budget

Mayor Linda Tyer is asking for nearly a $7 million increase in the budget. The proposed budget will be given to the City Council on Tuesday and a series of budget hearings will be held later in the month. The mayor's proposal calls for a $175,485,414 operating budget budget, which is 3.9 percent more than the current year.

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North Adams School Committee Approves Budget, Academy Changes

Some $265,000 in school choice funds is being used to offset the budget, bringing the total down to $17.769 million. That represents an increase of $348,414 over this year, or 2 percent.

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North Adams Committee Recommending Hikes for Transfer Station

The scale rate would increase from $116.44 to $126.59 that, added with the sticker price of $60, would raise the average family's cost to dispose of waste by $32.81 per year. The administration recommended bag prices be raised 25 cents to $1.25 for small bags and $2.50 for large ones.

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Adams Finance Committee Approve Adams-Cheshire Budget

The Selectmen and Finance Committee on Monday reviewed an amended Adams-Cheshire Regional School District budget that has maintained a 1.77 percent increase.

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North Adams Finance Committee Begins Review of $44M Draft Budget

Mayor Thomas Bernard presented a draft fiscal 2020 spending plan of $44.3 million on Wednesday that he described as "maintenance budget." The total to be raised by taxation is $17,768,621, up $247,569 or 1.41 percent over this year.

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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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Cheshire Selectmen, Finance Committee Review FY 2020 Budget

The Finance Committee had no real requests for deductions and, if anything, advocated for increases and more future planning.

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McCandless Shrinks Pittsfield School Budget Request

Superintendent Jason McCandless is scaling back his budget request by about a half million dollars. McCandless said he had a meeting with Mayor Linda Tyer and Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood since revealing his initial request for a $3.4 million increase to the budget and the three agreed to a lesser number. Particularly, McCandless said the number of new positions, mostly new paraprofessionals, is being scaled back.

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Cheshire Selectmen Review 2019 Draft Budget

The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday reviewed the $6,272,575 budget that is $179,119 more than fiscal 2019's $6,090,255 spending plan.

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Adams Selectmen Approve $15.8M Budget for Fiscal 2020

The board finished its budget hearings Thursday night and unanimously voted to approve a spending plan that is an increase of 1.27% increase over fiscal 2019.

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Lanesborough Gets First Look at Mount Greylock Budget

The town is being asked to spend about $64,000 more this year to support the schools.

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Mandated Study Causes Revamp of Adams Wastewater Budget

The board breezed through finance and technology; town assessor; tax collector/treasurer; town clerk; emergency management; forest wardens; veterans services; and executive budgets in less than hour.

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Adams Selectmen See Budget

The Selectmen on Wednesday began a review of a draft budget of $15,847,248 for fiscal 2020 that represents a 1.27 percent increase over this year.

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Williamstown Finance Committee to Review Nonprofit Requests

The town's Finance Committee has spent the past couple of months reviewing those articles and will wrap up its item-by-item review on Wednesday when it hears from the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District (McCann Tech) and three non-profits that are asking the town for help with their operational budgets in fiscal 2020.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Amends Budget to Preserve Music Instruction

After hearing from several teachers at the elementary and high school level who argued against the cut, the six members of the seven-person panel in attendance voted unanimously to restore about $6,000 to the $22.4 million gross operating budget for the three-school, PreK-12 district.

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