And now for some good news!
If you attended Annual Town Meeting you may recall that there was a question raised as to why there was such a large increase this year in the Hampshire County Retirement System contribution.
The Line Item in the FY 2020 Budget was $200,228. For FY 2021 it was $295, 613. Obviously that was a substantial increase and the Selectboard and Finance Committee were at a loss to explain it.
We got in touch with the Hampshire County Retirement System and they did in fact make an error. The correct figure is $226,252!
We did vote to approve the budget with the higher number. That means we’ll need to vote to take the excess out of the budget at a Special Town Meeting before the Tax Rate is set for the town, which is typically around November. We do typically have a Special Town Meeting in the Fall anyway, so please watch for that.