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Savoy firefighters train this year on the use of large-diameter hoses. The department is poised to receive money for a new utility pickup truck in next year’s budget, if approved at town meeting.

Highlights: Savoy residents will find a proposed spending plan that looks a lot like the current year, except for salary increases and unavoidable cost hikes, including a 7.6 percent rise in regional school costs, not counting vocational tuition or transportation.

Wheels for Fire Department: Voters will consider transferring $37,000 from free cash to enable the Fire Department to buy a utility pickup truck.

Savings on vocational education: Because of changing student needs, the town plans to allocate $84,312 for McCann Technical School vocational tuition in North Adams, down $83,288 from this year.

Buffering tax rate increase: The warrant proposed to transfer $55,000 from free cash to ease the new budget’s impact on the tax rate.

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

Investigations editor

Larry Parnass, investigations editor, 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 and CommonWealth Magazine.