MOUNT WASHINGTON -- Voters at town meeting will act on a fiscal 2014 town budget that reflects a $43,959 decrease from the current spending plan.

Mount Washington's annual meeting is set for Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall.

The 12-item town warrant includes a Finance Committee-approved budget that will decrease from $650,881 in the current fiscal year to $606,922.

The school budget, which makes up about 30 percent of the town's budget, has decreased from about $195,200 to $150,000 due to a drop in the number of enrolled students in the Southern Berkshire Regional School District, according to Select Board Chairman Brian Tobin.

Voters also will be asked to approve an allocation so the town can perform a reassessment of property tax values.

Meanwhile, the annual allocation for the tree warden is up for an increase -- from $10,000 to $16,000 because there are more dead and dying trees that need to be removed, Tobin said.

He also said funds for emergency preparedness is increasing from $100 to $2,200 to purchase a new mass notification service called Blackboard Connect to notify people about emergency information. The town has not had an alert system.

The town also will request an $80,000 allocation from the equipment replacement stabilization fund to purchase a highway department truck.

To reach John Sakata:
jsakata@berkshireeagle.com,
or (413) 496-6240.
On Twitter: @jsakata


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