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Fire pay award is too high, Kay says

It will be up to the Weymouth Town Council to decide whether to fund a recent arbitration award that gives local firefighters retroactive pay hikes totaling 5 percent — an amount the mayor says will make it more difficult to maintain current municipal services and pay for needed capital expenses.

“The financial picture this year is not good at all,” Mayor Sue Kay said in an interview. She estimated that the recommendation of a panel of the state’s Joint Labor-Management Committee for Municipal Police and Fire would cost “about $700,000, give or take $100,000.” The current municipal budget is about $135 million, she said.

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