Waterford grants raises to 20 town employees

Waterford – Twenty non-union town employees are set to receive cost-of-living increases on July 1.

Among those to receive raises will be the directors of the Recreation and Parks Department, finance, human resources director and the library.

The town will provide a 1.5 percent salary increase applying to pay periods between Jan. 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014 - retroactively for pay periods that have already passed - and a 2.25 percent pay raise from July 1 through June 30, 2016, according to a May 20 letter from First Selectman Daniel Steward submitted to Representative Town Meeting Moderator Tom Dembek.

The increases, which the Representative Town Meeting voted for unanimously at its meeting Monday, amount to a total addition of about $83,000 to town payrolls, according to the letter.

In his letter to Dembek, Steward wrote that savings on health insurance will offset the increase by nearly $60,000. A comment on the labor report form accompanying the letter states that the savings stem from the migration of employees receiving the increase to a high deductible health savings account plan, plus additional savings stemming from later changes to that plan.

Steward said that the wage increases were provided, in part, because the employees have no options for promotion within their departments. 

He said that the whoever succeeds Rudie Beers as finance director later this year would not necessarily be paid her increased salary.

t.townsend@theday.com

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