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|Selectmen Seek No Compensation for their Jobs|
|Written by Susanna Sheehan|
|Wednesday, 09 January 2013 09:20|
Duxbury selectmen have decided that they should no longer receive compensation and are recommending that this year’s town meeting zero out their stipends.
On Monday, Selectmen Chairman Ted Flynn and Selectman Shawn Dahlen voted unanimously to recommend eliminating the stipends for the Board of Selectmen in the warrant article that lists compensation of elected officials. Selectman David Madigan did not attend the weekly meeting.
The current stipend for the chairman of the selectmen is $2,000 and for a board member it is $1,500. These amounts are part of a routine town meeting warrant article that also lists compensation for the town meeting moderator, the assessors and the town clerk. The assessors’ stipends are the same as the selectmen’s. The town clerk’s salary is listed at $80,000. The moderator receives $40. All are elected positions.
The selectmen’s recommendation does not affect the assessors’ stipends or the town clerk’s salary and it will not go into effect unless it is approved by town meeting.
“I have no problem at all that the selectmen not be paid a stipend,” said Dahlen. “I personally choose not to take any compensation. I’d rather use the resources elsewhere.”
Flynn agreed, saying: “I would be happy to recommend $0 for FY14.”
Selectmen have discussed this issue in the past but never recommended to eliminate their stipends before, because other selectmen had argued that this money helps pay for incidentals related to the job, such as the costs of seminars, meetings and travel expenses.
In other business,selectmen: