Councilor Christopher J. Tremblay's motion to revisit the retroactive pay increases for local veterans was approved unanimously and sent to the finance committee, but not before Barrett issued a stern admonition.Tremblay would not be a lame-duck had he done this just two months earlier. This would have won him the 38 votes he needed. Oh well.
"If this goes to committee, make sure you send it back with a recommendation of where you want me to take the money for it out of the budget," Barrett said.
The retroactive pay, which ranges between a few thousand dollars in benefits to $13,000, would cost the city about $80,000 in one-time payments.
"Keep in mind that the preliminary costs for the retirement board pensions is up about $97,000 for next year," Barrett said.