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North Adams Residential Tax Rate Up, Commercial Rate Down

The council voted 6-3 to approve the shift after nearly 90 minutes of debate focused on the fairness of shifting the tax burden toward the residential during Tuesday's annual tax classification hearing. Councilors advocated for lowering the shift to help business as an economic driver while the no votes said it was unfair to further burden homeowners.

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Adams Residential Tax Rate Up 3 Percent

The board members approved a 115 percent split that represents a 74 cent increase on the residential side and a 90 increase on the commercial side of the tax rate at Wednesday's tax classification hearing.

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Cheshire Stays With Single Tax Rate

The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday voted to stay with a single property tax rate for fiscal 2021.

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Williamstown, Fire District Set Tax Rates for Fiscal 2021

The Select Board on Monday voted to maintain a single tax rate that for this fiscal year will be $17.30 per $1,000 valuation, down 30 cents from last year and 75 cents over the prior two years.

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Pittsfield City Council Finally Sets Tax Rate

Councilors swiftly approved the use of an additional $1 million in free cash to offset the tax rate and set a residential tax rate of $19.71 and a commercial rate of $40.36, per $1,000 valuation.

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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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Pittsfield Continues Tax Classification Hearing Over Free Cash

At the end of a nearly three-hour meeting, councilors and Mayor Linda Tyer were at a stalemate with the majority of the council unsatisfied with Tyer's $750,000 compromise.

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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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Cheshire to Stay With Single Tax Rate For Coming Year

Barbara Astorino, chairman of the Board of Assessors, addressed the board at the tax classification hearing. Although no specific tax rate was made available to the public, the board decided to go with a single tax rate as it has always done.

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Adams Selectmen See Different Tax Rate Scenarios

Assessor Donna MacDonald went over possible tax rate scenarios for fiscal 2020 at the Selectmen's workshop on Wednesday. The board will vote on the tax classifications next week.

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Williams College Seeking Input as It Forms Strategic Plan

Williams College President Maud S. Mandel was in front of the Select Board on Monday to discuss the school's strategic planning process, which includes soliciting input from a broadly defined group of stakeholders that includes students, alumni, faculty, staff and members of the community Williams calls home.

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Clarksburg Tax Rate Up 3 Percent for Fiscal 2019

The Select Board on Wednesday approved a single tax rate for fiscal 2019 of $15.99 per $1,000 valuation, up from $15.31 last year.

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North Adams Council Opts to Reduce Tax Burden on Business

After nearly 90 minutes of discussion, the council voted 8-1 to keep the property tax shift at 1.71. It took the council some time to struggle through amending the order submitted by the mayor's office.

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North Adams' Commercial Tax Rate Likely to Break $40

The council will vote on the tax classification for fiscal 2019 on Tuesday. Should the council approve, the commercial, industrial and personal property shift will go from 1.71 back to 1.73, where it had been for several years.

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