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Northern Berkshire Waste District Sets Fiscal 2019 Budget

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.

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Lanesborough Starts Budget Process for Fiscal 2019

Town Manager Paul Sieloff is proposing a town budget that would raise the tax rate by 1.5 percent. Sieloff says is proposing two major additions - two emergency medical technicians to work in the Highway Department and doubling the amount of money going toward road projects. The town manager says the town will particularly benefit this year with no increase in health insurance. The town is part of the Berkshire Health Group, which voted last week to keep premiums the same.

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Pittsfield Council, School Committee Hear Report On Financial Condition

The City Council and School Committee gathered Tuesday night for the annual report on the financial condition of the city. Auditor Thomas Scanlon of Scanlon & Associates said the city's reserve total is in a "good" range but he'd still like to see more.

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Massachusetts Libraries Say State Budget Stacked Against Them

The breakfast was a chance to let local legislators state Reps. John Barrett III and Tricia Farley-Bouvier and state Sen. Adam Hinds, represented by his aide A.J. Enchill know the importance libraries hold as centers of communities. And to encourage those in attendance to spread the word about writing letters in support of the Board of Library Commissioners' budget requests.

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Sieloff Wants More Money Set Aside to Repair Lanesborough Roads

Town Manager Paul Sieloff wants to put more money toward road maintenance. The town's budgeting process will start in earnest in two weeks with a meeting with the Police, Highway, and Fire Department heads to discuss needs in the next budget. Sieloff said he is looking to double the amount the town spends on road repairs if possible.

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Adams-Cheshire Rolls Out Plans to Retain Eighth-Graders

The School Committee heard from Hoosac Valley High School Principal Jerimiah Ames, who after going through the current state of the districtwide turnaround plan, briefed the committee on what the district is doing to keep these middle school students in the district.

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