Council should be fairly compensated
We are glad to see City council approve an increase in salary for the mayor of 21 per cent. (See story on page 1).
Although we know aldermen and the mayor take on their positions for the love of community and not the compensation, it is nice to see the leader of our City receive a fair salary for the countless hours he or she puts into making the community a fantastic place to live.
Aldermenís salaries will remain the same from 2014 until 2017 at $27,000 despite a recommendation from a remuneration committee to increase it to $29,750. It is council membersí choice to keep their salaries at the status quo. We do not think this will impact the quality of people who run in the municipal election in October.
A number of people have already come forward to say they will run in this fallís election without a thought to how much money they will make in the position. The people who are willing to give their time and effort to serve the community are not doing it to pad their wallets, they are doing it because of a passion for their city.
Council should be fairly compensated for the hard work they put in but money isnít everything.