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Bristol Councilors Question Proposed Salary Increases in FY13 Budget

In the Administrator's proposed budget, most employees could see a 3 percent increase in salary while others could see a 5 percent increase.

While the town of Bristol has attempted to cut corners on departmental budgets to , Bristol Town Councilors questioned the Administrator's proposed salary increases for some town employees.

"Overall, there's about a three percent increase for most positions," said Town Administrator Diane Mederos. "There are a few who I recommended about a five percent increase for."

According to the proposed budget, Town Hall employees including the Principal Planner and Zoning Official, the Director of Community Development, the Administrator's Executive Secretary, and two employees in the Finance Department could see a five percent increase in salary for FY13.

Councilor Mary Parella spoke up first.

"I think it is kind of high when you're talking about zero increase in other places," Parella said.

But Mederos quickly rebutted explaining the reason for her request for an increase, stating that her decision was based on the amount of responsibilty that goes along with the positions.

But Councilor Teixeira also spoke up, agreeing with Parella.

"I understand what you're saying, I mean, who doesn't deserve the money they've earned," Teixeira said. "But I think five percent is a little steep."

Mederos noted that the Council has the final say, and Councilors agreed to revisit the issue again toward the end of the budget sessions.

Bill Nelson March 20, 2012 at 01:31 PM
I wish I would get a 3-5% raise this year. Instead I'm paying for someone else's.
Antonio A Teixeira March 22, 2012 at 07:09 PM
I do appreciate that our employees work hard but we need to proceed with caution to maintain our good financial status and keeping on eye in our future generations.
Jack Baillargeron March 22, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I have with this, is that no-individual on SS got a cola, which is usually 2.5 to 3.0% and never even covers the medical increase for last 3 years. Did get it this year, and no it did not cover even close to the insurance rate increase over the last 3 years. As to the 5%, sorry but everyone is suffering and no-one deserves that type of raise in a public position right now. The taxpayers are tapped out and you would be hard pressed to find property owners who foot the bill for this, able to pay more. This is common sense and no councilors should have to be reminded of it. The prediction recently is that R.I. is going to be the last state out of recovery possibly not until the 2020's should be reason enough to know that all budgets need to start reducing, Federal, State and local government to the levels of budgets the average citizen is putting up with. Smaller government is not the whole solution, but it should be the start of any solution. This Country was founded on freedom and free will of the individual person, not dependency on the government, Federal, State, or Local, to provide, grants to non-profits, loans to entities that stimulate no jobs or very little and low paying ones (tourism grants), Open space (not in these times), etc. Not to mention automatic increases in budgets, the worst budget formula ever. All budget items need to be reviewed every year period and looked at according to what you have, not what you can get from the taxpayers.
DownTown March 22, 2012 at 10:41 PM
With the area slated to lose nearly $9 million a year (phased in over 10 years) in state school funding I hardly believe that raises for public employees here is warranted. Fiscal suicide.
Class of 78 rules March 30, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Any municipality considering raises in this economy is ludicrous. If they are union, we are bound, but if they are not, consider you still having a job and a funded payroll as your bonus instead of a pay raise. We need to take into consideration that there will be increases in the fiscal budgets due to costs out of our control such as fuel for emergency vehicles and, increases in purchasing the vehicles and even if we have a couple of bad winters over the next 10 years. That will increase overtime, materials for sanding and again, more fuel. Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. Surely we can all agree on this to keep our taxes low and remain in good fiscal condition. If there is a surplus, it should be put aside to offset any need for a tax hike. This budget should be run like a household budget...in other words, just because you have the money doesn't mean you have to spend it.

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