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The City Council voted 6-4 to ask Mayor Linda Tyer to increase the amount of free cash that will be directed towards reducing the tax rate next fiscal year in recognition of the lean economic times facing most city residents.
The school district plans to spend 5.56 percent more than they did last year, costs that will be covered by an expected bump in state aid.
Lee’s annual town meeting overwhelmingly rejected borrowing $12.5 million to build a community center. Proponents say they will continue to work on a proposal acceptable to taxpayers. Meanwhile all other articles passed include the fiscal 2023 budget of $24.6 million.
The Lee Finance Committee has urged the annual town meeting to reject borrowing $12.5 million to build a new community center. The panel deems the project too expensive for taxpayers at this time. The meeting is May 12.
The Pittsfield School Committee approved its fiscal 2023 operating budget in a vote of 6-0 Wednesday night. The budget allocates most of its $73 million to staff salaries, rising transportation and material costs and a program to end the student athletic fee.
The district's drafted budget is for $18.7 million
Superintendent Joseph Curtis has said that salary increases in the Pittsfield Public School's proposed FY23 budget are some of the largest in recent history. Members of the Pittsfield Federation of School Employees say they've been left out of those increases and are asking district officials to meet their request for higher wages.
The $72.3 million draft budget represents a more than 7.5 percent increase in the money the district is asking from the city.
A shift in student numbers at Berkshire Hills makes Stockbridge's share of school budget costs rise steeply for fiscal 2023. The total proposed budget is up 5.08 percent.
PITTSFIELD — The debate over how much residents will pay in property taxes continues this week as the City Council meets Tuesday.