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CHESHIRE, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday voted to stay with a single property tax rate for fiscal 2021.
According to calculations presented to the board, this would make the tax rate about $13.38 per $1,000 valuation, but Board of Assessors Chairwoman Barbara Astorino cautioned they were not setting a rate but rather classification.
"This is not a set tax rate. So don't base on this tax rate. Until all of the documents go in and the state reviews everything ... You don't have a set tax rate," she said during the tax classification hearing.
Her statements came after a discussion about splitting the rate to shift more of the tax burden to the commercial and industrial side. Cheshire has historically maintained a single tax rate.
The Father Tom Campsite near the town garage opened earlier this year, more than a year after the idea was first broached to offer a replacement for St. Mary's Church, which had long hosted hikers. It's named for the church's former pastor, the Rev. Thomas Begley.
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iBerkshiresTV host Jeff Snoonian speaks with Selectmen Chairwoman Michelle Francesconi and Town Administrator Edmund St. John IV about the upcoming annual town meeting, the budget voters will decide and the precautions being put in place because of COVID-19.
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On Friday morning, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association released the sport-specific modifications that on Thursday unanimously were approved by the associationís COVID-19 Task Force. click for more