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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Sherborn selectmen want a big pay raise


Sherborn selectmen say they do important work for not much money -- and they deserve a raise.

The board will ask for an increase in their own stipends at the spring Town Meeting, according to selectmen chairman James Murphy.

Murphy proposed at a recent meeting that selectmen's pay increase from $500 to $5,000 for the chairman, and from $400 to $5,000 for the other two members.

Murphy is not running for re-election and would not be affected by the raise. Murphy said the reason for the proposal is to make the position of selectman more attractive to qualified people.

"We are the executive branch of a $20 million public corporation," he said. "The town needs to offer a more competitive stipend."

Selectmen approved the increase at the recent meeting, making it part of the board's fiscal year 2008 budget. The budget needs approval at the spring Town Meeting April 24, Murphy said.

-- Kyle Alspach

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