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Pittsfield Budget Review Day 2: RSVP Budget Sparks Discussion

The first of four days of budget hearings kicked off Tuesday night with the City Council reviewing the first 10 departmental budgets.

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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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McCandless Asks 5.7 Percent Increase for Pittsfield Schools

Superintendent Jason McCandless is asking for a $3.4 million increase to the school's budget. The large 5.7 percent increase comes as Gov. Charlie Baker has proposed a budget that gives the city $3.7 million more in Chapter 70 state aid for schools. The request comes with a number of new initiatives and positions which McCandless said will bolster specific areas the district has identified as problematic areas.

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Adams-Cheshire School Committee Approves 2020 Budget

The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee voted Monday to certify a fiscal 2020 budget of $20,099,487 that represents a 1.77 percent increase.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Prepares Fiscal 2020 Budget

The Mount Greylock Regional School District budget is tracking to deliver a 2.5 percent increase in its operating budget assessment to the town of Williamstown and a 2.2 percent hike to Lanesborough.

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Adams-Cheshire Considers $20M Budget for Fiscal 2020

A public hearing on the budget was held last week and the School Committee is expected to vote on the budget next week.

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Clarksburg Officials Ponder Adding Full-Time Officer

Police Chief Michael Williams presented his case to add the post at Wednesday's meeting, citing the need for more stable coverage, to address an increase in certain types of calls and to have a consistent backup for investigative and administrative services.

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Adams-Cheshire School Officials Prepare For Budget Hearing

Business Manager Erika Snyder gave the School Committee a brief overview Monday of a budget that represents a 1.8 percent increase over fiscal 2019's $19,750,146 spending plan.

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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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McCann School Committee Endorses $9.6M Budget for Fiscal 2020

The committee members had few questions about what Superintendent James Brosnan referred to as "vanilla" fiscal 2020 budget that will increase by $220,769.

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