When: 6 p.m. June 5

Where: Peru Community Center, 3 East Main Road

Highlights: Declines in the town of Peru’s regional school assessment and in insurance costs will help it keep a tight rein on spending for the coming year, even as other education costs go up. Officials are delivering a spending plan that is well less than a 1 percent increase over the current fiscal year.

Other than managing their town’s budget, residents face no significant issues this year at town meeting.

Paying for Wahconah Regional High School and other school investments: Peru residents will consider a $121,263 cost for Central Berkshire Regional School District borrowing that mostly is related to a new regional high school that will open this fall. The capital cost is up 7 percent from a $113,328 expense in the current year.

Modest salary increases: Many, but not all, town officials, including the part-time town administrator and the town clerk, stand to receive 3 percent bumps in pay.

Vocational ed costs rise: While the regional school operating assessment is falling by $21,700, or 2.5 percent, Peru’s vocational tuition costs are expected to rise by almost the same amount, $21,469. That represents an 11.66 percent increase in the vocational tuition expenses.


Fiscal 2022: $2,343,281, including regional and vocational school assessments

Increase: 0.59 percent


$999,554 for the Central Berkshire Regional School District, including transportation and capital borrowing costs

$329,600 for road maintenance

$243,179 for vocational school tuition and transportation

$112,010 for public safety

— Larry Parnass, The Berkshire Eagle

Larry Parnass can be reached at lparnass@berkshireeagle.com and 413-588-8341.

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Larry Parnass joined The Eagle in 2016 from the Daily Hampshire Gazette, where he was editor in chief. His freelance work has appeared in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Hartford Courant, CommonWealth Magazine and with the Reuters news service.