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June 29, 2013

Council nixes pay raises

Councilors blast critics for tying pay raise to school spending

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“I was not motivated by hate of the schools, or hatred for Amesbury,” she said. However, she said that the issue had been surrounded by “a lot of negative bullying.”

“I do not appreciate that we have been linked as non-supporters of the schools,” Ferguson said. “That is not true. Those uninformed comments on blogs and emails are bullying.”

Councilor McClure disagreed. “I don’t think bullying comes into it,” she said after the meeting. “This is the legislative process. It is not bullying because you lost.”

Although she voted to table the issue, Ferguson stood by her initial actions.

“The issue of a pay raise is still there, and is valid,” she said, noting that she would not be affected by any future raise.

The meeting drew a few spectators. After the vote, one Amesbury resident, who did not want to give her name, said she was happy to see the issue behind her.

“We heard what we wanted to hear,” she said. “We are against spending any more money anywhere.”

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