iBerkshires.com reports the Clarksburg School Committee is formally asking for an extension on its school building renovation plans in light of new information on the town's financial status. The school district and its partners are asking for time until Jan. 12 to meet with financial and legal consultants "to review the feasibility of moving forward." The district was required to submit a letter to the Massachusetts School Building Authority by this past Monday, Dec. 4, indicating how — or if — it would move forward after a second failed vote on borrowing for the $19 million project. School officials say they were surprised by last week's tax classification hearing that dropped — not increased — the tax rate as had been forecast. Still, the average taxpayer will see about another $100 on his or her property bill despite the decrease.

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