Out­landish salaries for pub­lic of­fi­cials

The Weekly Vista - - News -

I have lived in very small towns and very large ci­ties and they all had at least one thing in com­mon — a movie the­ater! The only thing Bella Vista has in com­mon with a city is the fact that we pay our mayor and coun­cil mem­bers out­landish salaries.

Don’t get me wrong, I like liv­ing in Bella Vista, but I would say that 60 to 70 per­cent of my needs re­quire a trip to ei­ther Ben­tonville or Rogers. They are ci­ties, they have movie the­aters, fine art mu­se­ums, restau­rants and shop­ping malls. Bella Vista has Town Cen­ter.

I’m not say­ing the mayor and the coun­cil are in­tel­lec­tu­ally chal­lenged, but in my opin­ion, rais­ing the Mayor’s salary to over $90,000 a year is be­ing greedy and takes ad­van­tage of the tax­pay­ers of Bella Vista.

I highly rec­om­mend that at elec­tion time, we put these folks on a bus and run them out of Bella Vista. Whoops, for­got, we don’t have bus ser­vice! Watch­ing them ride into the sun­set on a bi­cy­cle would be just fine with me.

Kim B. Swanson Bella Vista

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