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Pittsfield And North Adams Councils To Vote On Budgets

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Two Berkshire County city councils vote tonight on their annual budgets.

The Pittsfield City Council will vote on Mayor Dan Bianchi’s proposed fiscal 2015 budget. Bianchi calls the $141 million dollar spending plan a maintenance budget proposing a 2.7 percent increase over the previous one of $138 million. It would fund SUVs for the fire department to decrease use of larger trucks and a new public works garage to replace a facility damaged in a 2012 fire.

Meanwhile, the North Adams City Council will vote on Mayor Richard Alcombright’s $37.7 million budget. Proposing cuts to city hall and the police department, the spending plan is an increase of $1.2 million, driven largely by veterans’ benefits.

Pittsfield’s meeting begins at 7 p.m., North Adams’ starts at 7:30 p.m.

Jim is WAMC’s Associate News Director and hosts WAMC's flagship news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. Email: jlevulis@wamc.org
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