On the plus side, the first selectman’s budget proposal includes an additional $69,000 for a 10th police officer (plus $33,500 in benefit costs).
The fire marshal’s position will increase from 19.5 hours to 25 hours per week, allowing it to qualify for health insurance and pension benefits.
The fire marshal’s salary will go from $41,456 ($35,556 base salary plus $5,900 overtime) to $49,643 ($46,983 base salary plus $2,660 overtime), an $8,187 increase. The increased hours will cost approximately $25,442 in additional benefits.
The Youth Services director’s position will increase by 7.5 hours a week, and will go from a 0.60 position to a 0.80 position. The salary will increase by $14,267, jumping from $42,798 to $57,065.
The Senior Center’s assistant’s hours will increase five hours a week, and will go from a 0.32 position to a 0.42 position. The salary will go from $9,512 to $12,909, a $3,397 increase.
Some positions will lose hours. The tax collector’s position is being reduced from full-time to 80% time, and the salary will go from $75,699 to $60,559, a $15,140 decrease.
The assistant tax collector will work 37 weeks a year instead of 39, and go from a 0.75 position to a 0.70 position. The salary will go from $37,380 to $35,130, a $2,250 decrease.
In land use, the conservation planner is being reduced from 30 hours a week to 19 hours a week, $47,929 to $30,430, a cost savings of $17,499.
In Parks and Recreation, the maintenance field and grounds position will be reduced from a full-time position to a seven-month (31 weeks) full-time position, followed by a five-month (21 weeks) layoff. The salary will change from $42,319 to $25,290, a $17,029 decrease.
The salaries listed in the 2013-14 town budget proposal do not reflect upcoming salary increases, nor do they include a retroactive 2% salary increase for the current year for town hall union employees that was approved by the Board of Selctmen Feb. 27.
The contracts for all the town’s collective bargaining units expire on June 30, so instead of listing proposed increases, a lump sum of $112,500 has been included in a contingency line in the budget to cover increases for non-union personnel, as well as members of the town hall union, Police Department, Highway Department, and Communications Center.
In the salaries listed below, the base salaries for police officers, highway workers, and dispatchers do not include overtime. For a listing of those salaries with overtime figured in for the calendar year 2012 -13, see related story and chart.
Proposed salaries for Weston town employees in the 2013-14 budget (not including potential raises):
Town Administrator $129,459
First Selectman $43,875
Selectmen’s Admin. Assistant $66,057
Finance Director $117,423
Finance Director’s stipend as Treasurer $3,000
Payroll Accountant $63,455
Part-time Accounts Payable (.68) $34,523
Info. Systems Manager $75,512
Info. Systems part-time help $7,125
Registrar (.25) $11,779 (x2)
Deputy Registrar (.05) $1,597 (x2)
Board of Finance Secretary $3,000
Tax Assessor $88,463
Assistant to Assessor (.70) $32,402
Tax Collector (.80) $60,559
Asst. to Tax Collector (.70) $35,130
Town Clerk $75,699
Asst. Town Clerk $47,903
General Maintenance $40,976
Town Engineer (.80) $71,987
P&Z Admin. Assistant (.80) $40,166
Code Enforcement Officer (.80) $46,783
Land Use Director (.53) $43,554
Conservation Planner (.51) $30,430
Building Inspector (.80) $60,172
Building Admin. Asst. (.80) $37,697
Fire Marshal (.52) $46,983
Managing Dispatcher $69,309
Senior Dispatcher $57,561
Dispatcher $55,042 (x2)
Part-time help (.25) $24,750
Chief of Police $107,620
Police Secretary $48,094
Police Sergeant $91,451 (x3)
Police Detective $83,634
Police Officer $78,163 (x8)
Police Officer $66,097
Proposed Police Officer, $60,000
Fire Dept. Secretary $18,656
Animal Control Officer $47,974
Asst. Animal Control (.20) $8,140
Public Works Director $105,302
Foreman $73,965 (x2)
Spec. Equip. Operator Senior $67,611 (x4)
Equip. Operator Senior $66,846
Equip. Operator Junior (.40) $19,548
Senior Mechanic $73,056 (x2)
Transfer Station Operator $66,696
Transfer Station Operator (.60) $29,332
PARKS & REC
Recreation Director $92,012
Recreation Supervisor $56,450
Rec. Bookkeeper/Secretary $42,369
Parks and Fields Maintenance $25,290
Middle School Aquatics Director $51,357*
Pool technicians $2,010*
Social Worker (.73) $52,329
Part-Time Social Work Assistant (.50) $18,140
Seasonal help $3,500
Director for Children and Youth (.60) $57,065
Program Coordinator (.75) $35,312
Senior Center Director (.64) $35,814
Senior Center Van Driver $33,376
Senior Activities Assistant (.42) $12,909
Senior Center Summer Help $1,260
Library Director $79,050
Senior Librarian $56,450
Children’s Librarian $53,112
Library Assistant $46,131
Library Assistant (.23) $9,344
Library Assistant (.30) $9,850
Library Assistant (.36) $11,878
Library Pages $5,672
Positions less than full-time are designated with a decimal percentage after the job title.
*The town pays 60% and the schools pay 40% of these salaries.
The Board of Finance will hold a budget public hearing on Wednesday, April 3, after which it will approve a final budget proposal. The town and school budget numbers will be presented to the public at the Annual Town Budget Meeting on Wednesday, April 24. A referendum to vote on the budget is scheduled for Thursday, May 2.