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Dracut Town Meeting Shoots Down Full Pay for Town Employees on Military Duty

Town Meeting voters in Dracut have rejected a proposal to pay town employees their full salary while they’re away on military duty.

Massachusetts law allows towns to pay members of the military their regular salary while they’re away on duty, but only if the town approves.

By secret ballot, voters at Town Meeting on Monday rejected the warrant article, according to the Lowell Sun. It failed 112-146.

A Dracut firefighter who serves as a medic in the National Guard brought the measure to Town Meeting.

The firefighter said it would be a way to thank and support part-time military personnel who serve the town full time. Opponents said the measure would prove too expensive.

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