CORNWALL Ontario – In what turned out to be one of the longest presentations to council I’ve ever endured Cornwall City council voted to give itself an unprecedented raise Monday evening.
The presentation was so long that the mayor and four councilors took potty breaks during the monstrous amount of info provided by the consultants.
The fact that a consultant was used solely to justify a raise is pathetic and frankly in this scribblers opinion taxpayers should be reimbursed by those on council that voted for it. Using the Walkerton tragedy as justification to give Bob and his mob a raise? Seriously?
What this council has done is not only reinforce that fact that they don’t care for the public purse; but are brazen about it. Taxes have steadily gone up during Mayor Kilger’s two terms rubber stamped by his core group of support councilors; his slate. The utter arrogance towards rate payers is clearly shown and the speeches made by many were in pure campaign mode.
What people miss is that salaries of the mayor and Council are not that high for several reasons. Past politicians were dedicated to the city and realized that the income of many of its residents are lower than what they are paid for their part time positions which really are an honorarium and not a salary.
Generations of politicians who chose to not jack citizens have been disrespected, and dishonored. The fact that our salaries are low is a monument to their dedication which a group of corrupt, incompetent, and sleazy greedy trough feeders trashed with one vote.
Those that voted for the raise were councilors Carr, Gardiner, Grant, Rivette, and Elaine MacDonald with mayor Kilger being the deciding vote. I get that some in that group might need the dosh; but listening to Elaine complain about council being a “Rich Man’s” group led to Councilor Dupelle publicly smacking her down and she apologizing.
Murphy, Rivette, and Gardiner have announced they are running again for council as is Mayor Kilger.
As was stated that evening; when you’re telling staff that you need to keep raises to 2% per year where do you get the gumption to nearly double an honorarium?
I could possibly understand a cost of living increase with an extra 1% to “catch up”; but this was a sham that sadly is typical of this council. It’s how we end up with situations like the Fitzpatrick scandal that is alleged to have cost the city $3M +
The one bright moment is that besides exposing those who voted for this nonsense the new elected council in November can rescind this raise. It should be interesting to see what candidates have to say on this and if they would vote to repeal the raise as put through?
What do you think Cornwall? You can post your comment below.
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UPDATE 9:50 AM
We have updated the story to show that it was in fact councilor Carr and not Murphy that voted to support the raise. Our apologies to Councilor Murphy.
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