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HARVARD — The Council on Aging wants to up its director’s schedule to 40 hours per week, but it won’t get a chance to ask voters for the money this time around.

At its May 6 meeting, the Board of Selectmen voted 3-2 against putting the $12,505 question on the June 11 Special Town Election ballot.

Carlene Phillips spoke for the increase at a selectmen’s meeting last month.

The change is among a handful of over-budget requests that resurfaced after the override — which would have funded them and covered the omnibus budget as well — failed at the April Town Election.

This time, the Finance Committee is recommending a single $200,00 override to cover the omnibus budget, with no added programs and no “new” questions on the ballot.

Finance Committee Chairman Debbi Ricci presented the group’s recommendations.

The Finance Committee encourages departments and boards to work within the $200,000 override, she said.

The School Committee, which presented a practical wish list at the ATM, agreed to shelve it to meet the override-based budget.

But current and past cuts have had negative side effects, said Chairman Stuart Sklar.

“I’m very unhappy,” he said. “Services will suffer. This is a watershed moment.”

Three years from now, MCAS scores — now among the highest in the state — may reflect the decisions the board has been forced to make, he said.

Trustee Ginger Kendall withdrew the library’s request for added funding to pay for personnel coverage. She said state library aid will be tapped instead.

But the COA stood firm.

“It’s awkward, but let the town decide,” said Phillips. “We’ve been playing catch-up (for years). If we don’t get a full-time director now, we could slip back.”

The selectmen were split on the proposal, but decided not to put it on the ballot.

Timothy Clark and Lucy Wallace supported it.

“We have a growing and under-served senior population,” said Wallace.

But the council does wonders within its means, she pointed out. She noted noting a newsletter “packed with activities.”

The director, Ginger Quarles, helps families as well as seniors, she said. The request to up her hours is justified, she said. She compared the $6 it would add to the average annual tax bill to “the cost of a cheese pizza.”

“Is there any way to roll it into the override?” asked Clark.

The board discussed scenarios.

Chairman Leo Blair fielded an “out-of-the-box” idea that could “do some good for a year,” he said. He suggested including the COA director’s added hours in the town budget, funded with leftover money in the Department of Public Works (DPW) account. The surplus will be there if hiring a new DPW employee is postponed, he said.

He got a lukewarm response but persisted.

“Why not?” he asked.

“We’d have to talk about it,” Ricci answered.

But Wallace said there’s no time.

“We have to set the ballot tonight,” she said.

Selectman Ronald Ricci said he won’t back any money request unless there’s a “sustainable” funding source and no impact on the override.

“I don’t care how many questions there are (on the ballot) as long as they end up at $200,000,” he said.

He argued for a zero-override option, but Wallace said that’s not what the tri-board agreed on.

“We have different reads but I say give people a choice,” she said.

Finance Committee member Marie Sobalvarro agreed.

“It seems perfectly reasonable to put this forward,” she said.

But resident Deborah Skauen-Hinchliffe disagreed. She objected to portraying people over 60 as a “vulnerable” population that needs help.

“I don’t feel vulnerable,” she said. “Just because the COA wants more money, they’re not entitled to take it out of my pocket.”

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