Peru annual town meeting preview

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Where: Peru Community Center, 3 East Main Road

Peru sticks with the basics for the coming fiscal year with a municipal spending plan much like this year's budget, except for small investments in repairs to its road network and a slightly beefed-up fund for snow removal.

Police road detail: Article 26 will ask voters to approve creating a revolving fund that will steer money collected from private or public entities to police officers who provide what's known as "detail" work to ensure road safety. That duty is expected to increase as Charter Communication builds out a fiber-optic cable network.

Pay raises: Elected and appointed town employees stand to receive pay increases of roughly 2 percent.

Tax title hike: In one indication of financial turbulence for some property owners, the town plans to nearly double the expense line for "tax title" work by Peru's treasurer, from $5,000 to $9,000. Tax title is the process for assuming ownership of property on which taxes have not been paid.

Budget

Fiscal 2020: $2,212,104

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Change: NA

Line items

$869,025: Total assessment for the Central Berkshire Regional School District, down 0.5 percent from $873,476 this year

$327,180: Care of roads, including wages, fuel, equipment and other costs

$214,710: Vocational school tuition and transportation

$196,729: Medical and other insurance for town employees

$115,643: Public safety, including ambulance, police wages and expenses

— Larry Parnass


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