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Pittsfield City Council Approves 2020 Tax Rates After Weeks Of Impasse

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The City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts
City of Pittsfield

Weeks of Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council stalemate ended with a conclusive vote on the city’s tax rates Tuesday night. 

After two consecutive meetings of gridlock, the council approved a mayoral order for the use of an additional $1 million in free cash to soften the blow of rising taxes. Recently re-elected Mayor Linda Tyer unhappily advanced the proposal Monday after two plans for lesser sums were rejected.

“I’m aware of the political dynamics that are at play here, and I’m more concerned about the risk to the city of Pittsfield than I am about winning this argument,” said the mayor.

The average Pittsfield homeowner will see a tax increase of around 5.7% – or just over $205 – in 2020.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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