Debate over the first selectman’s salary in Litchfield dominated a Board of Finance meeting on Monday.
Finance board member James Stedronsky proposed boosting the position’s pay from $78,844 to $95,000 to reflect the importance and demands of the job.
“The salary is too low for a position of this importance,” Stedronsky said. “If there is any area of the budget that should be increased, it’s this one.”
Board members Richard Quay and Sky Post agreed with Stedronsky, but the board decided to table the proposal until March 25 so it can review salary information from the Northwest Hills Council of Governments.
The finance board did vote to adopt the proposed selectmen’s budget of $8,297,284 for 2019-20. The spending plan shows an increase in spending of 1.78 percent, or $140,026. It has become a component of a proposed town budget for next year.