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Pembroke budget hearings rescheduled after weekend blizzard

Pembroke residents will get their first look at the town and school budgets tomorrow night at a hearing rescheduled from Saturday due to the snowstorm.

The budget committee recommends increasing both budgets, but the group did not endorse a proposed two-year contract with Pembroke School District teachers.

The contract would add almost $450,000 for next year, which is already slated to increase $600,000. Including the first year of the contract, the budget would reach about $25.4 million.

That increase includes eliminating 11 positions, including one teacher, according to Patty Sherman, co-superintendent of SAU 53, which oversees the district.

The increase is largely driven by reduced state contributions to the retirement fund, Sherman said.

The budget committee also proposed an increase for the town budget, to $7.7 million, plus almost $2 million in special warrant article spending, mostly from reserve fund accounts.

The major increases right now are tied to the retirement system, collective bargaining agreements and the replacement vehicles funds, according to Town Administrator David Jodoin.

Residents are also asked to consider establishing a committee to review sewer department operations and report next year on whether or not the town should abolish the sewer commission.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. in the Pembroke Academy auditorium.

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