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The owner of an average single-family home, with an assessed value of $248,100, will pay an additional $423 in property taxes in fiscal 2023.
A group of about 50 Pittsfield city employees receive an annual cost of living increase based on the consumer price index. After a 7.5 percent increase this year — and ever soaring inflation rates — city leaders are considering "guardrails" for those pay changes.
If the Pittsfield City Council votes to pass the budget with changes at its next meeting Tuesday, Mayor Linda Tyer said she will honor them — even though she doesn't have to do that. "I felt they were fair and reasonable and strengthened the budget," she said.
Mayor Jennifer Macksey is proposing a $44.5 million budget — a $2 million, or a 5 percent, increase from the current year's budget.
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