PEABODY — The special meeting of the City Council to hold its annual tax classification hearing has been postponed from this Thursday, Dec. 5, to next Tuesday, Dec. 10, so that visiting hours for the late Superintendent Cara Murtagh can be held in the Frank L. Wiggin Auditorium in City Hall, 24 Lowell St., from 3 to 8 p.m.
Murtagh was a lifelong Peabody resident who started her career in education teaching first grade at the St. John the Baptist School on Chestnut Street, a short distance from City Hall. Murtagh was a former Carroll School principal, assistant principal and teacher; Center School principal; assistant superintendent and, for the past two years, superintendent of Peabody schools. She died at age 44 on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.
City Council President Jon Turco said the priority in moving the tax classification hearing was to accommodate Murtagh's visiting hours and funeral, with the latter taking place on Friday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m., also in the Wiggin Auditorium.
The special tax classification hearing has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m.,also in the Wiggin Auditorium.
Tuesday's tax hearing will include a presentation by Mayor Ted Bettencourt regarding the 2020 tax rate classification hearing.