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Letter: Costly COLA in Sanbornton

I understand that the Sanbornton selectmen have approved a recommended 2.5 percent cost-of-living increase for town employees in 2014. How inappropriate when the elderly of Sanbornton will only get a 1.5 percent Social Security increase this year and those in the private sector may get nothing.

I would recommend that the 2.5 percent COLA be placed on a separate budget line, if possible, so it is apparent to taxpayers when they attend the town meeting. As I recall, right now the COLA is buried in the salary lines of each department, and some taxpayers may not be aware of this item.

BILL WHALEN

Sanbornton

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