West Stockbridge to vote on slight spending hike Monday at Annual Town Meeting
WEST STOCKBRIDGE -- Voters will be asked to approve a 33-article warrant that calls for a total town budget of $4.6 million, an increase of less than 1 percent over this year's figure.
The Annual Town Meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the Village School gymnasium.
Virtually all town budgets are level-funded. The largest increase by far is the town's assessment to the Berkshire Hills Regional School District.
The assessment itself is $2,974,648, up $338,588 over this year.
The Finance Committee recommended approval of the school budget, as well as all other financial articles on the warrant.
Voters will also be asked to authorize spending $47,000 for a new town tractor; $6,350 for a snow plow; $23,000 for a used pickup truck and $42,625 for debt service on the Fire Department pumper truck. Other expenses include $65,500 to fund the Sewer Department operation; $38,000 for the Water Department and $41,975 for the Water Department capital costs; and transfer from free cash $73,000 for debt service.
All these expenses will be offset by sewer user receipts.