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Councilman gets extra raise for long-time officer

Blackstone Town Council adopted and appropriated a balanced $15.4 million, 2019-20 budget that raises garbage fees by $1 for residential customers and $2 for businesses but holds the line on taxes, water & sewer, and electrical rates.

Effective this week, the new garbage fees are $15.00 monthly for residents and $22.00 for businesses.

The budget vote last Wednesday (June 26th) was 7-0 and included a late addition offered by Councilman Lonnie Morgan.

Morgan said that in speaking recently with Police Sgt. Chris Mathias, he learned that Mathias recently earned his undergraduate degree. Morgan proposed an additional $1.00 per hour pay raise for Mathias. “He has loan payments he has to pay for the next two years, and he wants to stay with the Town. He’s very eager to stay here, but he has looked at other options, which I was unaware of.”

Mathias, who joined the Town PD in the year 2000 and who is one of Chief Nick Kuzmiak’s two supervisors, will be gettting a 3% raise plus an additional $2.00 per hour. Town Manager Philip Vannoorbeeck said each additional dollar per hour represents about $2,080 per year.



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