Windsor annual town meeting preview
When: 7 p.m. Monday
Where: Town Hall, Route 9, Windsor
The town plans to use its next municipal budget of $2,270,022 to make small investments in energy efficiency and to bolster resources for its public safety departments, at the same time watching expenses as Windsor moves ahead with a municipal broadband project. Officials term it a balanced budget that will not require the town to tap into reserves. Local taxes would cover 73.9 percent ($1,677,976) of the budget and other sources, including state aid, will cover 19.5 percent ($442,036). Free cash will provide $150,000. Total local government expenses, including education, come to $1,980,149. That is a 3.7 percent drop from current-year spending.
School district allocation: The assessment for the Central Berkshire Regional School District is $873,679, a decline of 1.1 percent. It is included in the overall budget total.
Fixing Town Hall: Officials are asking residents at town meeting to approve $7,500 to pay a consultant to improve energy efficiency in Town Hall.
Helping the helpers: Allocations on the warrant would help members of both the police and fire departments add to their available gear.
State seal: As in other municipalities, residents will be asked to back a nonbinding resolution in support of legislation, supported by both state Sen. Adam Hinds and state Rep. Paul Mark, to have the state rethink use of its current seal, which shows a sword over the head of a Native American.
Fiscal 2020: $2.3 million
Decrease: 3.7 percent
$45,568: To shore up gaps in the current year's winter roads budget
$32,500: To purchase a self-contained breathing apparatus for Fire Department
$5,760: For radios and service weapons for Police Department
— Larry Parnass
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