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2014 town salaries now available

March 27, 2015

You may now view the complete 2014 Town of Walpole payroll (download in Excel), exclusively on 180, in the Resources section.

The payroll spreadsheet also includes the town departments and job titles of all employees who earned more than $75,000 (this information added by 180.)

As always, you may also take a look at past year payrolls on the same Resources page.

The town’s total gross payroll rose from $49,943,900.66 in 2013 to $53,128,412.35 in 2014.

Even so, total overtime costs and stipends town-wide went down somewhat between 2013 and 2014, with overtime decreasing from $1,638,518.05 in 2013 to $1,609,307.98 in 2014; and stipends dropping from $3,092,110.37 in 2013 to $2,958,147.52 in 2014.

The number of town employees who earned more than $100,000 was 68 in 2014, compared to 51 in 2013. For comparison purposes, this number was just 30 in 2009.

The total number of school employees who earned more than $75,000 in 2013 was 213. This number increased to 226 in 2014.

The number of town employees overall who earned $90,000 or more was 131 in 2013; the number of town employees earning $90,000 or more was 170 in 2014 (111 of these were school employees.)

The payroll will also be published in the 2014 town report next month.

According to the Department of Revenue’s statistics, the town of Walpole’s payroll spending is somewhat out of whack with comparable communities.

For example, Walpole has three fewer town employees than the town of Westwood, yet we spend almost $13 million more than Westwood in total payroll. Walpole has about 20 fewer employees than Milton, yet we spend almost $8 million more than Milton in total payroll. Walpole has about 200 fewer employees than North Attleborough, yet we spend almost $7 million more than North Attleborough in total payroll. Walpole has about 220 fewer employees than Medway, yet we spend almost $26 million more than Medway in total payroll. Walpole has about 400 fewer employees than Wayland, yet we spend almost $11 million more than Wayland in total payroll. Walpole has about 560 fewer employees than Dedham, yet we spend almost $1 million more than Dedham in total payroll.

Nobody at Town Hall has been able to explain to 180 why there are such differentials.

180 makes no judgments on the quality of work provided by town employees, and is simply providing the payroll for informational purposes because taxpayers have a right to know. 180 readers may do what they want with the information.

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