It’s all about the money
I was surprised to see the story on remuneration examination in your July 24 issue done so complete.
There’s something in the word remuneration that strikes me rather funny. It almost makes one think people are being reimbursed for something they have done that cost them finically.
Maybe it’s time to call it what it really is, payment, salary, earnings.
There was a time when people gave of themselves to sit on councils without any compensation, neither wanted nor expected.
There was a stigma associated with sitting on council, when a councillor would never attend a council meeting unless he or she was dressed in a manner deserving respect for someone representing his/her town and its people.
Some 30 years ago when I first sat as a councillor for my town, it was unheard of for someone to show up for a meeting wearing a tee shirt or joggers etc. Any one knowledge- able with councils back then will know what I write about.
Today there’s something missing. Now it’s all about the money. Gone is the time when it was a privilege to represent your town and its people.
Citizens elect people to run the town they live in for the good of all of us, and for the most part they do just that. Gone are the days when councillors got a room and a few meals paid for when they attended a convention, and receipts had to be submitted in order to get paid for those expenses. There are still people sitting on council who take great pride in their town council chambers, doing what people elected them to do. Then there are others who have been there for years for nothing else but a place to go and bring home a few extra bucks every couple of months. They stay on council by not getting involved in anything too controversial; serve on committees that have little contact with the public. So they are not involved with any real decisions that could matter when it comes to election time. They keep a low profile and collect a few dollars.
I have no qualms when it comes to councillors getting paid to run the town when they deserve it, but it must be done according to the Municipalities Act. A town must be managed according to the act. When a councillor gets paid to sit on council, according to the act, he/she must be a resident of that town. Those who sit on council have a responsibility to us as taxpayers to carry out the laws in the act.
When election time comes around again next year, give some thought as to whom you want to give your tax dollars to. Who will be setting your property tax rates? What have they in common with the rest of the townspeople? Or are they just after a few extra dollars. Councillors should remember that they are answerable to the people who pay them. Frank Evely Sr. Clarke’s Beach