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March 6, 2013

Selectmen asked to set priorities for next year's budget


Noting that union workers and other contractual employees will receive at least a 2 percent salary increase next year, Knowles argued that fairness dictates that the remaining 30 percent of the municipal work force — the non-contractual employees — should also get the same. He ranked the salary increase and additional police officer on equal footing as his two top priorities.

Kemper felt the funding requests weren’t “apples to apples,” but if he had to rank them, his order would be: the stabilization fund, the police officer and then the employee salaries.

Selectman Dick Cushing needed more information overall but said all three requests held the same weight for him.

But Uniejewski wasn’t buying it. “If you can’t decide on a priority, then nothing is a priority,” he said.

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