Coun­cil’s pay raise not be­ing done right

Windsor Star - - OPINION -

While I don’t have a prob­lem with the mayor and coun­cil get­ting an in­crease in pay I have a big prob­lem with the way it is pro­posed to take place.

We live in a mostly au­to­mo­tive city where peo­ple on auto-re­lated pen­sions for the most part have not re­ceived an in­crease in the last 15 years and have faced re­duc­tions in their ben­e­fit al­lowances. I have been for­tu­nate to have worked in a mu­nic­i­pal­ity and have re­ceived small pen­sion in­creases over the years.

This is where I dif­fer with the mayor and coun­cil:

In the past the mayor and coun­cil have stood up on their soap boxes and yelled, “Look at us, we held a zero per cent in­crease in taxes, and also held our salaries at zero per cent,” when they should have in­creased taxes by a small per­cent­age and given them­selves a small in­crease in salary to keep up with in­fla­tion. Peo­ple would prob­a­bly not have ob­jected to that.

This way our roads and ser­vices would have ben­e­fit­ted from even more work and re­pairs than what was then bud­geted and would have pre­vented some of the mess we have to­day.

By ap­prov­ing this large salary in­crease now at the begin­ning of a new term the mayor and coun­cil can in­crease their salary and hope the peo­ple for­get about it be­fore the next elec­tion.

Leo Les­sard, Wind­sor

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