continued The spending plan does not include any money for salary increases for the town’s three bargaining units whose contracts are expiring at the end of this year.
“We believe they deserve raises,” Koetzle said. “We don’t believe that they are part of the problem, but we are asking them to be a part of the solution.”
If the unions can find savings during contract negotiations, Koetzle said raises could then be addressed.
Koetzle said he’s heard comments that residents are “generally happy” with the proposed budget. He said people understand the budget is a multi-year approach.
“I think (the budget) looks forward the next couple of years and prepares us for whatever economy we might be in, whatever our revenues are, whatever our expenses are,” Koetzle said. “We are at a point where services have not been cut and we are very committed to keeping services in place.”