The Wilton Board of Selectmen will soon decide whether it will make a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) this year for former town workers who receive pension benefits. Though the town reviews the need for a cost-of-living adjustment yearly \u2014 and often approves one \u2014 First Selectman Bill Brennan said at the meeting the town has \u201cno obligation to do a COLA. Our only legal obligation is to look at it once every four years.\u201d From fiscal years 2010 to 2012, budgetary concerns caused the town to suspend COLAs. A 2.5% increase was approved in 2013, and in 2014 selectmen approved a 1.25% increase. Two measures used to determine the need for a cost-of-living adjustment are the consumer price index inflation calculator, and Social Security increases, Human Resources Director Sarah Taffel said at the meeting. Social Security will increase by 2.5% this year, while the consumer price index estimates inflation should come in around 1.7% in the coming year. Selectman Ted Hoffstatter said although he often looks for cost-cutting measures, he feels a cost-of-living adjustment is warranted given the state of the town\u2019s finances. \u201cI\u2019ve asked for a lot of cost savings before, but if the consumer price index is at 1.7%, that\u2019s where I would put our adjustment. Or, if we wanted to be more austere, I\u2019d suggest 1.5%,\u201d he said. Ms. Taffel, answering a call from the first selectman for \u201cwords of wisdom,\u201d said making cost-of-living adjustments is a difficult process. \u201cOf course there are competing considerations,\u201d she said. \u201cThere is a necessary concern about the town\u2019s finances and meeting budgetary requirements. \u2026 [but] I am sympathetic to the people I know and have worked with. Especially those who have been out of work for a period of time; they\u2019re on very moderate incomes.\u201d She also said, however, that other towns with similarly funded pension programs \u201cdo seem to be continuing with a modest increase.\u201d The board plans to continue a discussion of cost-of-living adjustments at its Monday, Nov. 17, meeting.