$3.93M budget, new highway department truck to be decided at annual Clarksburg Town Meeting


This article has been updated to correct the elementary school budget figure.

CLARKSBURG -- Voters will be asked to approve a $3.93 million fiscal 2015 budget and the purchase of a new highway department truck at Wednesday's annual town meeting.

The meeting, which includes 20 warrant articles, will be held at the elementary school at 7 p.m.

At a special town meeting at 6 p.m, voters will make the call on two warrant articles to pay old bills -- $17,851 for the sewer line repair on the East Road culvert repair and $2,200 to pay a 2011 back bill to North Adams for hydrant fees.

The proposed fiscal 2015 budget represents a $175,273 increase over the current year. The budget's largest increase is in an additional $45,517 in health insurance costs, which now total $250,575.

Town and school officials have been working feverishly to create a balanced budget and it was finalized Monday.

Of the total budget, $2.42 million is for operating the elementary school, a $1,921 decrease over the current year

Absent from this year's town meeting is an article requesting funds to establish a preschool. The School Department had to use $50,000 in school choice funds to balance the budget and avoid Proposition 21 2.

Northern Berkshire School Union Superintendent Jon Lev said he is disappointed the preschool wouldn't begin this year and he hopes to bring it to voters next year.

Attempts to start a program began last year, when town meeting voted to fund a study to determine whether it could be located inside Town Hall.

Voters will be asked to borrow $72,657 for the purchase of a new truck, replacing an aging public works vehicle.

The warrant also includes articles asking for $7,000 from the cemetery fund for repairing a crumbling retaining wall at Clarksburg Cemetery, and to use $7,720 from the fund for repairs on the town's backhoe.

Voters will also be asked to approve a $242,744 assessment to McCann Technical High School, a $12,333 increase.

2014 Clarksburg Annual Town Meeting Warrant by The Berkshire Eagle


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