The city will be working with about $643,000 in Community Preservation Act funds in fiscal 2022 for projects that include historical preservation, open space and outdoor recreation, and affordable housing.
The board on Wednesday voted for a shift of 20 percent more to the commercial side. This sets the residential rate at $21.03 per $1,000 evaluation, down 23 cents from last year, and commercial rate at $26.34, up $1.10.
That is because property valuations rose enough in calendar year 2020 to allow the town to raise the increased money it needs for fiscal year 2022 without raising the tax rate, principal assessor Chris Lamarre told elected officials on Monday night.
Residents will see a price hike in transfer station bags of 25 to 50 cents beginning in July and a scale rate jump of about 75 cents per pound. This is expected to cost the average family of four about $53 more a year to dispose of their trash.
On the fifth and final day of preliminary budget hearings last week, the City Council passed four departmental budgets without amendments and passed a fiscal 2022 operating budget of $179,205,963, which was amended from the originally proposed $179,410,963.
Ward 1 Councilor Helen Moon motioned for seven amendments to the Police Department budget. Two of which were passed, reducing $15,000 from the contractual allowances line item and $190,000 from the patrol officers' allotment.
Interim Town Administrator Mark Webber told the Selectmen on Tuesday that after further calculations, the town would need to use $300,000 from free cash to keep the budget under the levy limit instead of the programmed $100,000.
The City Council preliminarily approved 10 departmental budgets totaling $5,811,456 on Wednesday that included the creation of an Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with a half-year budget of about $100,000.
The General Government budget is up 12 percent, or $156,083, over this year's budget of $1,245,525. Bernard reminded the committee that this year's budget line had been reduced by moving some items to reserve accounts to balance the full budget for what was expected to be a tough fiscal year because of the pandemic.
Mount Greylock Superintendent Jason McCandless and Business Administrator Joe Bergeron on Wednesday presented the regional district's $25.6 million fiscal 2022 spending plan to the town body for review.