Last week at the Ward 4 debate, candidate Cam Guthrie was emphatic that if elected he will not accept the planned pay increase for councillors. In a perhaps trend setting move, Ward 1 candidate Allan Boynton announced his intention to do likewise if elected. Here's Boynton's statement here:
It is with great pleasure that I announce today that if elected Ward 1 City Councillor, I will at no point over the next 4 year term support a raise in any Council salary as well as Mayor.
I feel that we are in desperate need of leadership and that council salaries and benefeits are handsome enough as it is. We need to show leadership to our taxpayers and leaders lead by example. I would only be one vote at a table of many, but you can be sure that this will be one of the first things dealt with in a term of a new council.
I would strongly urge all candidates for Ward Councillors as well as Mayor to take the same approach. It is time we froze it for at least one term and took potential raises and put it back into services that our tax payers need and deserve.
The cartoon is a 2009 offering The USA Today, and I thought it might be apropos.