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Equal pay for equal responsibility

Posted: November 20, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 20, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Regarding The Signal story “Councilman files claim” published Nov. 8, 2013:

It has always been my contention that elected officials are not employees of the city, and separate compensation rules should apply.

It seems the city’s convoluted compensation history, described in the Nov. 8 article, resulted in unintended consequences not foreseeable at the time the tiered system took effect.

I was especially interested to read that the council members originally voted to approve changes to the city’s health benefits in December 2010.

“But, due to an omission on the part of the city staff, the council did not vote on changes in cash-in-lieu benefits at that time.

“During meetings in October and November 2012, council members discussed and reaffirmed the tiered health benefit system.”

Why was it being reviewed? What brought the question before the council two years later? Was the inequity discovered and the council, without public input, decided to leave the system of inequity in place?

It is time to correct this: equal pay for equal responsibility. There can never be any acceptable excuse for a City

Council member receiving less compensation than other members.

Mistakes happen. Mistakes can be rectified.



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