Elected official pay raises ill-advised
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.