Q: How can we lure new industry into our city to create better job opportunities?
A: The Mayor and team have been working diligently to encourage new industry to the area. Reaching out to local and state officials, this is a continuous effort.
Q: What impact do the Cultural Arts have on our economy?
A: American nonprofit artist cultural industry generates $135.4 billion dollars in economic activity per year, on a national basis; $61.1 billion in spending by organizations and $74.1 billion in spending by audiences. It supports $4.1 million in jobs and $22.3 billion dollars in government revenue per year. A very powerful economic engine!
Q: How do I get a pothole repaired?
A: Call the Public Works Department at (413) 499-9330.
Q: North Street parking; is there any improvement down the road?
A: The McKay street parking deck improvement project is due for completion late October, early November. At this time, there is limited parking there. When the deck is fully open, the parking issues will have some resolution.
Q: Why do taxes continue to go up?
A: Increased Health Insurance cost, pension obligations that are set by the state, contractual agreements to be met all contribute to taxes rising.