CORNWALL Ontario – What should we pay our mayor and council in Cornwall? Clearly their salaries are low and some might say you get what you pay for.
There are some, like Bernadette Clement, that spend mightily to get elected and clearly are using the role of Councilor as a stepping stone for either higher elected office or an appointment of some sort. Ms Clement was alleged to have been offered a judgeship in Sudbury; but refused because it would take her away from her family in Montreal and loved one in Cornwall.
Elaine MacDonald also has used Council as a launch pad attempt for higher office and attempted to influence city spending and support towards the charities she works for including the passing of a motion and bylaw impacting used clothes collecting boxes in the city.
Mark A MacDonald recently put out a note with some other council candidates stating that they don’t want a raise.
Would Councilor Carr be in charge of Heart of the City; of which he’s salaried, if he wasn’t on council and in usually at the head of the budget committee in the past?
How many provincial boards is mayor Kilger on? Currently one candidates, Brock Frost, wants to be on council so badly that he’s stated he wouldn’t accept his salary from council if elected.
The City recently spent tax dollars simply to have a consultant state they should all get huge raises.
I think it’s insult to injury. Salaries should always be tied to merit. Council is elected by the people and the rate payers should have a say in those salaries. What better time than election time to do so?
I think that a sitting council in the first quarter of its fourth year should decide what the next council’s options should be; to ask for a raise, or remain the status quo. Enough with this yearly endless waste of time and money over mealy attempts to gain a raise.
It should be a separate ballot question which in many ways would be an extra incentive for voters to get off their butts and votes. It would be a simple question.
What do you support in changing the income of council and the mayor in the next term?
A) What council asks for as a raise via percentage.
B) No Change
C) Cutting salary by the % asked for by council as a raise.
This also would give council an actual incentive to perform during the term. Hide from the public and duck big issues? Raise taxes an average of 2% per year? Don’t fix enough roads and infrastructure? Don’t deal with flooding? Pay for two HR Managers? Executive leave? Whistle blower scandals? Improper Closed Door meetings? Chem tanks next to ball diamonds?
The shotgun factor of rate payers being able to cut salary by the percentage of raise asked keeps our elected officials honest as well.
The budget for Cornwall is over $150 million dollars per year. A lot of expensive decisions get made by council and the mayor; corporate welfare, our poor harbour and waterfront, fluoride in our water, goose poop.
Spending less than $200K is probably not the best ratio; but the answer should never come from a consultant. It should come from the people that pay the bill, and that’s the taxpayer.
After all if we’re going to run to consultants all the time why do we need to elect council?
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