Town scraps tax increase — employees to pay toward health care

— “I don’t like taking away so much from our hard-working employees,” he said. Earlier during the heated board discussion, Markey had also voiced opposition to the 10 percent contribution to health care costs. He had said he’d polled the town employees, and they had opposed the change.

However, several town employees responded that they were willing to give up the 10 percent, considering the state of the economy.

Geraghty said that the town employees knew the cost-sharing was coming, considering that neighboring communities have their employees pay a far higher share.

“We have to think about the local people that have to drive 40 miles to work to earn $10 per hour,” he said, citing the financial stresses of the taxpayers.

The budget endorsed by the board Tuesday calls for the town to spend under $1.6 million from its general fund on town expenses, a reduction of about $65,000 from 2010. The highway fund appropriations would be $957,250, an increase of $2,745 from 2011

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