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Tyer Agrees to $1M Free Cash Increase to End Tax Standoff

Mayor Linda Tyer has agreed to use $1.75 million from the city's free cash account, $1 million more than had been agreed upon in last spring's budget negotiations.

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Pittsfield City Council Fight Over Free Cash Stalls Tax Rate

The mayor had countered with a compromise at $750,000, for a total of $1.5 million, and that's what she offered again on Tuesday.

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Clarksburg Property Owners Will Feel Impact of Debt Exclusion

The 11 percent jump in the tax rate is largely because of the $1 million borrowing approved at town meeting in May. The borrowing to address a number of capital projects is excluded from Proposition 2 1/2 but the tax impact will only last five years.

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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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