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Williamstown Fin Comm, Select Board Talk Need to Grow Tax Base

Residents carry a higher tax burden than people in surrounding towns, and the problem will only get worse unless the town sees more development.

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Williamstown Panel Looking at How the Town Uses Debt

At its Aug. 17 meeting, the panel talked about the need to get "buy in" from all four of the independent municipal entities for any policy recommendations that may come out of the committee's deliberations.

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Williamstown Fin Comm Chooses 'Careful' Path, 1.3 Percent Rise in Tax Levy

The Finance Committee last week advanced a fiscal year 2024 budget that carries a projected 1.3 percent increase in the property tax levy townwide.

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Williamstown Fin Comm Pushes for Higher Free Cash Reserves

Robert Menicocci presented a spending plan that sees a 3.7 percent increase in the town's operating budget from FY23.

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Hoosac Water Quality District Facing Prospect of Losing Compost Operation

North Adams and Williamstown could be facing considerably higher sewer fees in the near future if the commonwealth ends a 40-year-old composting program.

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Williamstown Police Seeking 9 Percent Budget Hike

A return to pre-pandemic level staffing and an adjustment to the commonwealth's police reforms have the Police Department seeking a 9 percent increase in funding in the fiscal year 2024 budget.

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High Taxes, Wage Disparities Discussed at Williamstown Fin Comm

First-year Town Manager Robert Menicocci used his initial budget presentation to a joint meeting of the Select Board and Finance Committee to focus on his philosophy of budgeting and solicit feedback from the officials.

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Williamstown's FY23 Tax Levy Hiked to Pay for WPD Settlement

The additional quarter million dollars to be raised through property taxes is over and above the appropriations approved by the annual town meeting last month.

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Williamstown Finance Committee Votes $100,000 Budget Cut for FY23

Interim Town Manager Charlie Blanchard had budgeted for the cost increase after Berkshire Health Group announced that it needed to raise premiums it passes along to member municipal entities by 8 percent in the next fiscal year.