The two payments, totaling nearly $140,000 for the first three months of business, “represent a significant sum to the town, which has an annual operating budget of just $25 million,” according to Canna provisions.
School districts across the Commonwealth will benefit from updates to the existing Chapter 70 funding formula, along with increased state investment in other vital education aid programs such as transportation, school construction and renovation and special education.
There is a town getting shorted in this deal … All of those tax dollars flow into the Stockbridge coffers, but it is Lenox that provides all of the services a resident or business would expect from the local government.
The Adams town administrator search is being conducted by Community Paradigm Associates, the same firm that is leading the search for Tabakin’s successor in Great Barrington. Paradigm principal Bernie Lynch did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
“Until last week the school did not understand the location, the size, or the timing of the project. We’re just attempting to collect as much information as possible to share with our families, hear their concerns, and work with Kearsarge Energy to bring about a solution. — Tom Sternal, president of the board of trustees at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School
“I don’t see how Stockbridge could get swallowed up. Nothing changes. The charter is the same, the selectmen still have the same authority. What I would ask of Stockbridge is tell me why it can’t work, not what you’re afraid of. But if Stockbridge wants to investigate forming shared service agreement with West Stockbridge, I say go for it.” — State Rep. William P. “Smitty” Pignatelli, reacting to decision by Stockbridge to withdraw from a shared services agreement with Lee and Lenox.
In his letter to the editor, Terry Flynn of Stockbridge writes: “Contrary to the narrative being spun by the DOR and some leaders in our town, there is no imminent crisis facing Stockbridge, and there is no need to panic and drastically alter the management of our town.”