Councillors’ seeking support for a $25,700 or 55 per cent raise for a part-time position is so outrageous, many think there’s really an alternate agenda.
To date, Councillors Geoff Young, Marianne Alto and Charlayne Thornton-Joe have expressed reservations about such a bone-headed idea.
So, is this goofy proposal a distraction from other budget discussions? The City is asking for a healthy 3.97 per cent budget increase, VicPD wants 4.43, and the CRD an almost 8 per cent tax haul. It’s not widely known that the amended provisional CRD requisition for the City of Victoria is now 9.2 per cent.
Are councillors trying to dissuade working people and business leaders from running for public office? All this moaning and malarkey of needing to work 60 hours a week for a part-time job is bound to give pause to potential fiscally conservative candidates in the upcoming by-election and 2022 municipal election.
Is it fair to even debate a pay hike when there’s a lack of transparency around overall remuneration? Unlike the CRD and Vancouver – who post details for taxpayer prominently on their website – we can’t easily find what’s paid out in wages, benefits, pension, travel expenses and so on.
Is it a bargaining tactic? Let’s ask for the moon and maybe settle for 10 per cent, which is four times inflation. It’s also about four times what working stiffs are getting in raises these days.
Pay-raise push evidence of council ignoring public sentiment, Times Colonist Editorial, Nov. 23, 2019
If you live in B.C., here’s how much your mayor and council make, CBC, Nov. 21, 2019.