Pr. George’s County pay need not be comparable to Montgomery’s
After all of the abuses, I was pleased to read in the Sept. 13 Metro article “Pr. George’s board suggests ending vehicle benefits” that the Prince George’s County Vehicle Use Review Board recommended that the county’s generous car benefits to elected officials and staff be discontinued.
But I was dismayed that some politicians think they have the right to retain their stipends to achieve parity with the salaries of their counterparts in Montgomery County. I would love to sell my house at a price comparable to what it might fetch if it were in Bethesda. But such parity does not exist for me. Why should our elected officials be given an exception to this reality?
Montgomery County has a higher standard of living. On the other hand, the cost of living in Prince George’s is lower and services and taxes are less expensive.
It is disingenuous and self-serving for said politicians to demand parity. When household incomes and expenses in Prince George’s County match those of Montgomery County, then we can talk about raising the salaries of our elected officials.
I would expect a little more gratitude from an elected official who receives an annual salary of $117,000 for what for some is a part-time job.
Robert E. Jenner, Riverdale