My dissenting vote
Information has been provided that makes it appear as though the vote on Superintendent Steven LePage’s raise was unanimous. In actuality it was an 8-1 decision. As I was the only dissenting vote, I feel an obligation to explain why.
My decision was solely based on the current state of our national and local economies. People are uncertain about their futures and some are struggling to put food on the table for their children.
Plainville's unemployment rate was 9.3 percent back in May, when we were determining the increase, while the average wage increase was 2.25 percent for other town employees. I could not in good faith vote for the increase knowing that people are dealing with lost jobs, forced quarantine, school children at home and an uncertain future. It was out of touch and unfair to put that on the backs of the citizens of our town.
To reiterate, my vote was based on economic factors.
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