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3 Bristol selectmen voted to give town employees a 15% raise

To The Daily Sun,

Can someone tell me just how this works?

After reviewing the official minutes from Bristol's 2016 Town Meeting two things became clear:

First, Article 12: "To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) to fund the cost of a comprehensive wage and classification study for town positions."

This Article was soundly defeated by a ballot vote of; YES: 6 No: 137.

There was no further amendment and no action to authorize a comprehensive wage and classification study.

Next, Deputy Fire Chief Chris Dolloff presented an amendment to increase the budget bottom line by $75,203. to fund pay increases. This was defeated on a voice vote.

To sum up, there was no enabling legislation and no appropriation for pay raises approved by the town voters.

In spite of this the Selectboard, in August proceeded to conduct its own "Pay Study" and grant a 15 percent pay increase to town employees.

This is not to disparage any of our town employees — most are dedicated professional people — but who is looking out for the taxpayer and property owner?

When asked, one selectman stated that he and one of the new selectman were never provided with a copy of the so-called "pay study" prior to the 3-to-2 vote. To be fair, Selectman Manganiello and Morrison voted against these raises. Selectmen Alpers, Lagueux and Dion voted for it.

This extralegal pay raise and payroll overhead cost the Bristol taxpayers approximately $90,000 this year and $364,032 in the 2017 budget year.

Thank you Selectpersons Alpers, Lagueux and Dion.

Hold on taxpayers there's more; wait until you see the price tag on the new regional police station.

Paul Simard

Bristol

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Gilford schools need your support, please attend tonight's hearing

To The Daily Sun,

After attending several Budget Committee meetings regarding the presentation of the Gilford School District's budget, I must say that I have been disillusioned with the attitude of certain members of this committee. There has been an underlying caustic feeling that is present at every meeting that I have attended. In one instance a long-standing School District employee was asked to testify under oath. The budget presented was called fake and bogus. I, for one, could not believe what was being said.

On January 10, Mr. Silber, Budget Committee chair, stated that the negotiations for the new teacher's contract (2017-2020) were not conducted at arm's length, and that he felt these negotiations were not conducted fairly because of conflict of interest on Sue Allen's part. To question the integrity of a woman who has served the community of Gilford for over 24 years is at best disgraceful. Mrs. Allen has distinguished herself over and
over again. There is now a Champion for Children award in Gilford. Mrs. Allen was the first person to receive this prestigious award. Her name came forward quickly and without hesitation. Her commitment to this community has been over many years and in many capacities. The citizens of Gilford should be thankful that people like Sue have served, and continue to serve, this community so well.

Our school board and our administrators have made every attempt to satisfy the Budget Committee and make the budget as transparent as possible. It is understandable that this committee is being very diligent and they should be, however, after a three-hour meeting and still no confirmation on the school budget (being tabled) another meeting was called. At this meeting the Budget Committee decided they could not support the teachers' contract. The school budget still under scrutiny. The budget that will be brought forward for voter input tonight at a public hearing to be held at Gilford High School in the auditorium. I ask all that can, attend this meeting.

Some of the people on the Budget Committee do not, in my opinion, and the opinion of others, represent the majority of residents in our community, and their support for our schools and the education of our youth.
Our children, teachers, and School Board members need your support! Attending the public hearing on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. is vital, as is your participation in the electoral process in March. Remember YOUR vote counts

Beth DeVivo

Gilford

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