Senate President Therese Murray sent a letter to Selectmen concerning the Home Rule petition that passed town meeting relating to health benefits of elected officials. The Board voted to ask Assistant Town Manager Melissa Arrighi to reply to the Senator’s letter:
“All they’re looking for me to do is just send a letter to Senator Murray confirming that her interpretation, and what’s passing, is exactly what ours is,” said Arrighi.
And what is that interpretation?
“That the current selectmen will be part of the health insurance program, at what is currently an 80 – 20 split –the town pays 80 percent, the employee pays 20 percent. If they serve successive terms, after that, they could still be part of our health insurance, but they pay a 100%. For any new selectmen coming in that isn’t currently seated, they would not be eligible to participate in the health insurance.”
The Home Rule petition passed town meeting last fall by a two to one margin.