Warrant language leaves New Marlborough town employees raises in limbo

(Hannah Shirley) Chair Nat Yohalem.

MILL RIVER — Four appointed town employees are still waiting to find out what their salaries will be starting July 1, following an annual town meeting vote that has left many residents scratching their heads.

Administrative secretary Sharon Fleck, whose salary is one of the four in question, said the events since the vote have been confusing for several town officials. In addition to Fleck, those employees include New Marlborough Town Clerk Katherine Chretien, Treasurer Marilyn Fracasso, Tax Collector Gina Campbell and Assessors Clerk Marsha Pshenishny.

The four employees were slated to receive a 3-percent salary raise at the annual town meeting, but after they advocated for themselves a 5 percent increase, the amendment passed overwhelmingly.

Because of the language on the warrant, however, they may not receive the full 5 percent. Finance Committee member Barbara Marchione said the townspeople’s vote was only to increase the amount of money budgeted for the five officials’ salaries and not the salaries themselves.

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