Elected of­fi­cial pay raises ill-ad­vised

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE -

FROM: MICHAEL W. DUNN RIS­ING SUN

The pro­posed pay in­crease for the county ex­ec­u­tive and county coun­cil is ex­tremely ill-ad­vised. At a time when most work­ing fam­i­lies are strug­gling in this area, and the job mar­ket and wages are stag­nant, it is un­con­scionable that this would even be con­sid­ered.

The lo­cal bud­get is al­ready burst­ing at the seams and the sur­plus has been raided over the last few years. The county is also car­ry­ing a con­sid­er­able amount of debt. Surely this money can be bet­ter spent else­where.

Char­ter gov­ern­ment was sold to vot­ers as a way to trim gov­ern­ment ex­penses but it seems the op­po­site is true, with this but one more ex­am­ple.

Ev­ery sin­gle mem­ber of the cur­rent board ran on a plat­form of less spend­ing. I would urge my for­mer col­leagues to keep their prom­ise and do the right thing: re­ject this pro­posal out­right.

I would also en­cour­age cit­i­zens to con­tact the county coun­cil in ad­vance of the pub­lic hear­ing on Aug. 16 and the fi­nal vote on Sept. 6 and let them know of your op­po­si­tion to both Bill 2016-16 and Bill 2016-17.

Michael W. Dunn is a for­mer Ce­cil County Com­mis­sioner.

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