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Entries for November 2016

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Selectmen increase Budget to include $700,00 in wage increases
By Norm Silberdick @ 9:43 AM :: 2950 Views :: 1 Comments :: MoneyFlow, Salary Increase, Letters to the Editor

The majority of the Operating budget increase is payroll related, in many cases driven by unnecessarily generous wage increases, including several salary increases which were in the 5% to 10% range. It can be characterized as “Death by 1000 cuts” as approximately $700,000 in increases is spread across 75 wage and benefit line items with a median line item increase of 4.3%. Six overtime lines across several departments increased collectively by $110,000. This is particularly disturbing given that actual spending on overtime had already increased from $1.2 million in 2013 to $1.5 million in 2015. Overtime is a significant factor driving up pension benefits. Is it really necessary to increase overtime by 35% or 40% over a 4-year period?

Friday, November 11, 2016

VARIOUS ITEMS
By Norm Silberdick @ 8:53 PM :: 2076 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

It was recently reported that the average 2016 tax bill for a single-family home in Hampton decreased by $200 from the prior year. This was based upo...