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Merrimack Valley

June 18, 2013

Under mayor's budget, average tax hike likely $100

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Unable to gain council approval for IT privatization last year, Zanni is now looking to spend roughly $25,000 on employee training so the IT department’s three employees can receive proper work certifications.

Councilors last night asked Zanni and IT Director Kingsley Lough about the training, and whether the department can function properly without filling a fourth position, which has remained vacant since February when former network administrator Bill Lasonde died in a car crash. Lough said the position, which comes with a minimum salary of $69,049, needs to be filled.

“We’re pretty stretched out,” said Kingsley. “We’re trying to learn the new stuff.”

Councilors also questioned a $7,286 raise for the city’s purchasing director. Kelly said the raise is the result of a combination cost-of-living increase and step increase.

“I need a full-time job here,” quipped City Councilor Michael Condon in response.

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