Council’s pay raise not being done right
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