Groton RTM approves pay raises

Groton - The Representative Town Meeting last week approved three fiscal measures that included pay raises for some town employees.

On Wednesday, the RTM voted to transfer $168,792 from the general contingency fund to cover previously negotiated salary agreements with employees in 10 departments. The money had been allocated during last year's budget prior to negotiated contracts with union and nonunion employees.

The RTM also voted to reallocate $235,000 to cover additional costs to replace a portion of the roof at Fitch High School. The money comes from savings accumulated from unspent money on other school projects. The original cost estimate for the project was $625,000, but the State Department of Education Bureau of School Facilities asked for an additional half-inch pitch for the roof which raised the cost to about $800,000.

In a final measure, the RTM approved refunding, essentially refinancing, bonds that could save the town $1.6 million over 18 years and more than $300,000 in the current year. A similar move in 2011 saved the town nearly $1.3 million.


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