State Aid Numbers in Hand, Adams Eyes September Town Meeting
Recent clarification on state aid numbers will likely lead to holding the Adams annual town meeting in September, according to Town Administrator Jay Green.
iBerkshires.Com reports some municipalities have postponed town meetings and budget votes because of the state's uncertain financial picture caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Without a clear indication of what the state might be providing in unrestricted local aid and Chapter 70 education aid funds, detailed on what's commonly known as the cherry sheets, Green and the Selectmen have been hesitant to schedule a town meeting and approve a budget the town might be unable to afford should state aid numbers be slashed because of the global pandemic's effect on the economy.
Adams has been operating under a 1/12th budget scenario that requires the town to operate month by month while spending no more than 1/12th of its total expenditures from last fiscal year in any given month.