I've been wondering what to do with my new-found posting powers; home improvement, social woes, what did I eat last night, whatever. Funny how once one has the ability to voice one's opinon, you find yourself drawing a blank.
But looking through the Trib today I found a very interesting article about how the City Council has generously foregone a cost of living pay increase in light of the budget crisis from our enormous tax breaks.
Sounds generous and righteous, right? Wait, it gets better:
Several council members said they have no problem going without the annual increase because they realize nearly every city department has had to make sacrifices.
Council members make $40,250 annually for what is considered a part-time job.
A 31 percent pay raise approved in 2005 boosted the council members' salaries from about $31,000 to $40,250. Although approved two years ago, the increase didn't take effect until April.
Also in April, the mayor's salary increased from $135,000 to $150,000. Her salary can now increase by the same across-the-board increase given to other managers but cannot exceed 3 percent.
Well then, who needs 3% when you've just received 31% for a part time job? Thanks guys, you're too kind.
Link to the aritcle: http://www2.tbo.com/content/2007/aug/09/me-mayor-asks-city-council-to-forgo-annual-raise/
Now for some self-serving linkage: