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AYER — The Board of Selectmen has deferred a decision on fiscal year 2008 Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) increases for non-union town employees pending feedback from the Finance Committee (FinCom) and town accountant.

The issue was raised on Feb. 20 when town administrator Shaun Suhoski read the Personnel Board’s recommendation on the matter.

It recommends a 3-percent increase, citing a historic trend of matching COLAs given to union personnel as a matter of equity.

However, Suhoski noted grim financial projections for the upcoming fiscal year and advised the board to not exceed a 2.5-percent increase.

Selectman Pauline Conley suggested the FinCom be polled and the town accountant be asked to compile a cost/benefit analysis.

The other selectmen agreed.

Suhoski said that information can be available by the next meeting. — Nathan Lamb

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