Dublin selectmen agree to 2.2 percent wage increase for most town employees

  • Dublin Selectman Dale Gabel listens to Zoning Board co-chair Susan Peters during Monday’s board meeting. Peters was at the meeting to talk about the board’s proposed budget, which will include a 10-percent wage increase for zoning board secretary Neil Sandford.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, November 09, 2017 11:13AM

Dublin’s Selectmen have approved a 2.2 percent raise for most town employees for next year’s budget.

“To do any less than inflation is like taking a pay cut,” said Selectman Sturdy Thomas. “I don’t like to see people go backwards.”

The increase has an estimated budgetary impact of about $44,000 for next year’s budget if approved as presented, according to board chair Walter Snitko. 

The cost-of-living adjustment increase will be applied to all town employees who do not receive a larger pay increase.

The stipulation was added because the planning and zoning board have each requested a 10 percent pay increase for their secretary Neil Sandford, who presently makes $16.71 an hour in each position. 

“He has gained a lot of experience over the years and has taken a lot off my shoulders,” said Planning Board chair Bruce Simpson, during the meeting. 

Last year a 1.5 percent wage increase was given to town employees, with increases of two-percent and 2.5 percent given in previous years.

Selectmen discussed a number of figures when determining the 2.2 percent increase, namely inflation rates, COLA and consumer price index increases, federal government increases and studies relatively to private-sector wage increases. 

The original motion, made by Selectman Dale Gabel, was for a 2 percent increase. The motion was later amended by Thomas. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.