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Warrants at Town Meeting put on hold

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Three warrant articles at Natick Town Meeting that would have increased payments to beneficiaries of the Natick Retirement System were put on hold last week, with no action taken on any of them. The articles would have increased cost-of-living payments to retirees to $18,000 per year by 2019, the statutory minimum payment to survivors of retirees to $500 per month, and payments to widows and widowers of disabled retirees to $9,000 per year. Retirement Board attorney Michael Sacco said the postponement owed to concerns raised by an unnamed Finance Committee member that the town’s Retirement Board hadn’t properly advertised votes on the measures before bringing them to Town Meeting. Sacco said the Retirement Board had properly notified citizens of the vote, but decided to avoid potential conflicts — and leave open the possibility that the articles could be resubmitted at Spring Town Meeting — by requesting no action on the articles.