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North Adams Council Passes $41M Budget for Fiscal 2021

The total amount to be raised is $40,939,756, up $134,218, or 0.33 percent, from last year. Some $11,369.776 has already been spent over the past three months through continuing appropriations caused by delays in the state budget because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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North Adams Council OKs July Spending, Debates City Hall Job

The $3,831,954 continuing appropriation is the first as the city shifts to a month-by-month financial plan until the Legislature can pass a fiscal 2021 budget.

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North Adams Moving Forward on Level-Funded Budget

This week, the news isn't quite so awful with the state committed to level-funding aid through at least the first two months of fiscal 2021. But the district isn't out of the woods yet, Superintendent Barbara Malkas told the committee on Tuesday.

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North Adams Will Take 2021 Budget Month by Month

Mayor Thomas Bernard had initially presented a "placeholder" budget that is basically level funded to this year's rather than attempting a month-by-month spending plan.

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North Adams Proposing $41M 'Placeholder' Budget

Mayor Thomas Bernard submitted the document to the council on Tuesday night with the anticipation of having a spending plan in place by the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

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North Adams Trying to Determine 'Worst Case' Budget Picture

The city administration is looking at what kind of scenario North Adams can operate under without knowing how the state budget will play out.

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Bernard Sees 'Incredibly Challenging' Times for Budgets

Mayor Thomas Bernard says there's a lot of uncertainty now with local revenues and whether the so-called cherry sheet numbers from the state are realistic in this new environment.

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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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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 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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North Adams Library Trustees Have Funding Concerns

Library Director Mindy Hackner told the trustees Wednesday that she recently attended budget meetings with Mayor Thomas Bernard and is still receiving pushback from the city in meeting Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners funding standards.

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