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As a Bristol selectman, I am going to work for the taxpayers

To The Daily Sun,

I'm John Sellers and I am running for Bristol Selectboard. This Saturday, Feb. 11, I will hold a meet and greet at the Purple Pit Coffee Café in Bristol between 8 and 10 a.m. Please stop in for some great coffee say hello and support a locally owned business.

I am married to Donna Sellers and between us we have nine children and eight grandchildren. Donna works as an advanced emergency medical technician (AEMT) for Bristol and Bridgewater. I work for SAS Institute as a senior business analyst, currently on the Budget Committee, was a past business owner, and am an Air Force veteran. We moved to Bristol in 2010 from Whitefield.

I am going to work for the taxpayers. I believe government should not be a burden on its people. Government should be transparent and reasonable in size that the people can afford. I believe by consolidating services, regionalizing where it makes sense, and making group/bulk purchases, will help lower our taxes. These few steps along with closely managing and watching revenues and expenditures will reduce taxes. I believe in better working conditions for the people who protect, serve and help us on a daily basis.

I am sure that by asking questions and listening to the people of Bristol we can make a difference. With your help we can win and solve issues that Bristol faces. I ask for your vote on Tuesday, March 14. Also, remember to come to the Town Meeting at the high school on March 18 where your voice is heard and your vote counts.

John Sellers

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New contract will benefit Gilmanton teachers & taxpayers alike

To The Daily Sun,

The Gilmanton Education Association and the Gilmanton School Board have agreed upon a three-year contract. Both parties feel that this fair and equitable agreement will benefit both the needs of the district and taxpayers. The continued rise in health insurance costs has been a concern for all. This contract addresses this concern while showing support for the teachers at this award-winning National Blue Ribbon School.

During the last round of negotiations teachers agreed to a change in health care providers, a consolidation of plan options and a uniform cost sharing throughout all plans. As costs continued to rise, the GEA put forth a proposal in this new contract to switch to a high deductible plan of $2,000 for single coverage and $4,000 for a two person or family plan. This deductible will be paid for by the enrolled teacher. The GEA's decision to change plans was directed by the trends for the future, where health insurance plans are favoring high deductible plans. Because the teachers will pay these deductibles, the premiums are much lower than traditional plans. In realizing this, the proposed district contribution of 97 percent in years one and two of the contract are equivalent in dollar amounts to the current district contribution of 85 percent. In year three of the contract, teachers have agreed to pay more for their insurance, thus reducing the district contribution to 92 percent.

This three-year contract allows the district to gradually bring salaries in line with other districts in our region. The salary schedule increase in year one is 2 percent. This increase is offset by the insurance cost savings from the change to the high-deductible plan. The increase in year three is offset by the increase in the teacher health insurance contribution rate.

Both the School Board and the Gilmanton Education Association worked hard over many months to reach this fair and equitable agreement. Please support the funding of the contract at the deliberative session on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 10 a.m. in the Gilmanton School cafeteria and the vote on March 14 at the Academy Building.

For further information or questions regarding the proposed teacher contract, please call the Gilmanton School and a GEA representative will contact you promptly.

Nancy Tothill
Chief Negotiator
Gilmanton Teachers Association

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