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Workers shouldn't get 2 1/2% when Social Security goes up 1 1/2%

To The Daily Sun,

I have noticed that recently in the media, the selectmen of the Town of Sanbornton have proposed a 2.5 percent cost of living salary adjustment for all town employees. I have been advised by the Town Administrator that the cost of the increase to the taxpayers of Sanbornton will amount to $27,166 for this upcoming budget cycle. Keep in mind that this is not a one time expense, but a permanent adjustment to all salaries and will apply going forward, every year.

How can the selectmen justify that percentage when all the town residents on Social Security will only be receiving a 1.5 percent adjustment this year? I am also sure that many town residents working in the private sector will not receive any adjustment at all in their salary due to the poor economy.

What is encouraging is that the Sanbornton Budget Committee is not in favor of this increase, in spite of the selectman's continued support of the proposed increase.

I encourage the taxpayers of Sanbornton to contact our selectmen to let them know how you feel about the proposed COLA pay increase for all town employees! Better yet, why not attend the selectmen's weekly meeting on Wednesday at 4:30 at the town hall and register to speak at the public comments portion of the meeting?

Bill Whalen
Sanbornton

 
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