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AYER — The Board of Selectmen is allowing a handful of part-time employees to make pre-tax deductions on health-insurance premiums as part of the new health-care laws.

The change, which is required under new regulations, was adopted by the board on the recommendation of town Treasurer Denis Callahan.

The specific change will modify the town’s health-insurance plan by extending the pre-tax deductions to employees who work 15 to 20 hours per week.

Callahan said there’s no cost to the town for the change, which he estimated will affect three employees at most under current conditions.

The only opposition came from Selectman Frank Maxant, who is against the health-care reforms. He said requiring people to buy anything — in this case health insurance — is unconstitutional.

The change was approved by a 4-1 vote, with Maxant voting against. — Nathan Lamb

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