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Northern Berkshire Waste District Sets Fiscal 2019 Budget
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Monday, February 12, 2018
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The waste district commissioner approved an $88,000 budget for fiscal 2019.

ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Commission passed an $87,877.52 budget with level town assessments. 
The committee met Thursday to go over a proposed budget with assessments based on population. Each member community of the 13-town district will be charged $2.87 per person based on the 2010 Census. 
"The assessments will be level," Program Manager Linda Cernik said. "It will be the same as last year."
The two largest assessments were the town of Adams for an assessment at$24,354.64 and Williamstown at $22,256.43.
The rest of the assessments ranged from just under $10,000 to just under $400.
The town of Cheshire will be assessed $9,285.47 and the town of Clarksburg, $4,885.28.
Monroe will receive the lowest assessment of $347.31.
The committee went through the budget line item by line item and briefly discussed the program manager's salary of $39,403.85. The salary increased 2.5 percent and commissioners noted they did not directly approve an increase based on a performance review.
"I have no qualms with her performance or the increase, we just didn't review her performance or approve an increase. We need to tighten up communication and set a policy," New Ashford representative Richard DeMyer said. "We may want to give her 5 percent or she may want to ask for more."
Treasurer Terry Haig said the increase is just a typical cost-of-living increase.
DeMyer asked if Cernik wanted an increase but she said she was happy with the salary as is.
"This is only my first year and I am still learning," she said. "I am fine." 
The committee did agree to hold a performance review every November.
"We should have an annual review," Windsor representative Douglas McNally said. "She deserves that." 
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