Thursday, May 14
TYRINGHAM — Tyringham taxpayers will spend $150,000 less in the new fiscal year compared to the current spending plan, as town meeting voters have approved a $1.24 million budget starting July 1.

In addition, the nearly 70 town meeting voters gathered at Town Hall on Tuesday night — a 25-percent turnout of registered voters — agreed to a measure that cracks down on tax scofflaws and approved a zoning change to increase the housing stock in town.

Tyringham's budget was lowered for fiscal 2010 due to a reduction in education costs and less money spent on special articles, according to town officials.

The $275,000 in tuition the town pays for sending its students to the Lee Public Schools is $59,000 lower primarily because the town is no longer responsible for a special needs student. The other cost savings came from Tyringham spending less on vehicle replacement. Last year, voters agreed to buy a $150,000 town highway truck. This year, the biggest vehicle expenditure is $35,000 for a new police cruiser.

In an effort to keep the tax revenue flowing to pay for the budget, voters approved a by-law allowing town officials and boards to deny, revoke or suspend permits and licenses issued to businesses and individuals delinquent in paying local taxes and fees. The measure also includes any renewal or transfer of a license or permit.

Meanwhile, a permit is no longer needed in Tyringham to convert a single family home into a two-family dwelling. Voters approved a zoning change making such a conversion a by-right use, subject to approval from several town boards and officials. The homeowner must also follow the required building codes and provisions for a establishing a two-family house.

To reach Dick Lindsay: rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com, or (413) 496-6233.