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Mayor proposes $2.6 million boost in city budget

Posted by Jarret Bencks  May 3, 2013 01:52 PM

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Melrose Mayor Rob Dolan is proposing a $68 million operating budget for fiscal year 2014, up over $2.6 million from the $65.4 allotted for the current fiscal year.

The line items for salaries are set to receive increases in many city departments: A 3.6 percent increase in the treasurer and tax collector department; 3.4 percent in the city solicitor's office; 4.6 percent in human resources; 5.8 percent in the city clerk's office; and a 7.7 percent increase in the salary line item for the mayor's office.

In January, aldermen approved a $25,000 raise for Dolan, brining his pay from just below $100,000 per year to $125,000 per year. The budget line for salary in the mayor's office, which would include other staff, is projected at $216,202.62 for the current fiscal year. Dolan is seeking $232,932.86 for fiscal year 2014, which begins July 1.

A copy of the proposed budget can be viewed here.

Melrose's Board of Aldermen will be presented with the budget in a meeting Monday, May 6 at 7:45 p.m. at Melrose City Hall.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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