I am appalled that Cornwall city council is considering a proposal by councillor Andre Rivette to use a per capita population formula to increase the pay of members of city council during the period 2011-2014.
Under councillor Rivette’s proposal of 43 cents per resident, the pay of city councillors would go from $14,456 to $19,780, a whopping increase of $5,324 or 36.8%. The Mayor would also receive a similar pay increase.
I have to wonder what planet the supporters of this ill-considered proposal are living on. How selfish can you get? We are still living in a recession and a period of financial restraint where everyone is being asked to hold the line on remuneration.
I hope that when this ridiculous proposal comes back to city council the Mayor and a majority of city councillors will use good judgement and follow the lead of councillor Mark MacDonald and reject it outright.
It is unfortunate that city council ignored the recommendation of the Compensation Review Committee for a pay increase based on the Consumer Price Index from the previous year.
In the matter of council members’ personal expense accounts, they should be eliminated. They are not necessary because there is already a separate public relations budget of $10,000 for council as a whole including the Mayor. There is also a separate budget of $30,000 for council as a whole including the Mayor for travel, conferences, workshops, and seminars related to city business. It should also be noted that council members’ remuneration is 1/3 tax free to defray out of pocket expenses for council members in the performance of their duties.
In summary, a pay increase of 36.8% is simply outrageous and there is clearly no need for a personal expense account for council members.
Brian Lynch, Cornwall,ON.
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