Wolcott voters will decide in two weeks whether to put up the money to hire a town administrator.

A special town meeting will be held Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 6 p.m. at the Wolcott town offices on School Street.

On the agenda is a request to use $20,000 from a capital reserve fund to pay part of the salary of a new town administrator the select board would like to hire by November.

Voters put that $20,000 in the capital reserve fund at town meeting, Town Clerk Linda Martin said. The select board now needs voter permission to use it for something else.

Hiring a town administrator in November would be on the town payroll for only eight months before the next fiscal year. Martin has estimated that, depending on the benefits package, the administrator would cost the town about $47,000 for the rest of this fiscal year.

“That’s the estimated cost. A November-to-June salary, and benefits from February to June,” once a 90-day probationary period ends, Martin said.

The remaining $27,000 needed to pay the administrator would come from last year’s budget surplus. The board doesn’t need voter permission to use that money.

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