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Friday, February 26, 2016

 

Library Warrant Articles for 2016


The library has two warrant articles on this year's March 8th ballot.  We hope you consider supporting these articles.

ARTICLE 10 - FIRST YEAR OF LIBRARY NON UNION WAGE PLAN IMPLEMENTATION
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $10,648.00 to fund salary adjustments to bring Library employee salaries in line with the non-union employee wage plan, as approved by the Library Board of Trustees in 2015. This article represents the first year of a three year implementation plan. Estimated 2016 tax rate impact: $0.01.  

Recommended by the Board of Selectmen (Vote: 5-0-0)
Recommended by the Budget Committee (Vote: 5-3-0)

Explanation:
Library employees, by NH State Statute, are not employees of the Town, but rather the Library Board of Trustees.  Therefore, library employees were not included in the Town's non-union wage plan implementation warrant passed at last year's Town Meeting. 

The Library Board of Trustees adopted the Town’s revised wage plan for non-union employees in 2015, and this warrant funds the year-one implementation of that plan ensuring all non-union employees of Litchfield are on equal footing.


ARTICLE 12 - LIBRARY EARNED TIME EXPENDABLE TRUST FUND
To see if the Town will vote to discontinue the Library’s Vacation Accrual Expendable Trust Fund created in 2012 and return the balance of such fund to the Town's general fund. The balance of this fund as of December 31, 2015 is $7,374.00. And further, to see if the Town will vote to establish an Earned Time Accrual Expendable Trust Fund under the provisions of RSA 31:19-a for the purpose of annually accounting for the cost of earned but unused vacation time so that the expenses associated with employee resignations, retirements and buyouts of accrued earned time do not impact the current year budget, and to raise and appropriate the sum of  $7,374.00 to put in the fund, with this amount to come from the unexpended fund balance as of December 31, 2015; and to further appoint the Library Board of Trustees to serve as agents to expend from the fund. This would have a net cost to 2016 general taxation of $0.

Recommended by the Board of Selectmen (Vote: 5-0-0)
Recommended by the Budget Committee (Vote: 8-0-0)

Explanation:
This is basically a "housekeeping" warrant.  The name of the trust fund needs to be changed from "vacation" to "earned time" to reflect the updated language of the library employee policy.  In order to make this name change, the existing fund must be closed out and a new fund opened.  The balance of the current fund will be moved into the new fund.
This warrant has no tax impact.


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