Great Barrington budget tax hikes, cuts causing concerns

By Christopher McDermott

GREAT BARRINGTON — With a budget that town leadership has called “a squeeze,” townspeople voiced competing concerns about tax hikes and service cuts as the select board and Finance Committee gave their recommendations at the annual public budget hearing on April 4.

“We’re squeezing a little because we have to,” Select Chairman Sean Stanton said during discussion about funding for the town’s libraries. “We’re past the point where some people just can’t afford to live in Great Barrington, and there are communities around us that are more affordable.”

The operating budget itself is about $11.33 million, and the town’s contribution to Berkshire Hills Regional School District is about $16.15 million.

The current budget calls for the town to contribute about $23.3 million in property tax levy. The budget projects about a $4,857 tax bill to the median single family home (which in Great Barrington would be a home assessed at $301,000). That’s a $380 increase over the previous year.

For the full story, pick up an issue of this week’s Berkshire Record.

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