The City Council is set to receive up to a 100% pay increase. Ironically, this is while the rest of the City employees received a pay cut. Does anyone see a problem with this? Here is the difference; Councilors asked to be public servants and ran for election. Councilors’ completely knew what the compensation package included. City employees are hired to provide a service in exchange for compensation to support themselves and their families.
The thought that any City Councilor would even consider taking a big fat grease pay increase (equal to doubling their salaries) need to resign and allow a true community leader to step up and take over. All of City Council should in good conscience refuse any increase until all City employees are made whole with full consideration.
In the Journal article, Commissioner “Joe Conte said that, even with an increase, the salaries of elected officials would amount to less than half a percent of the city's budget and that leaving the salaries low could discourage people from running for the job.” Another Commissioner, “Ellen Driber-Hassall said the council may not draw a wide selection of candidates if the pay is too low. She said she prefers an increase to between $20,000 and $25,000.” Really? How many of you heard about the crisis the City was having because there was no one who wanted to run for office? What is Ms. Driber-Hassall calling our current Councilors?
This appears to be hogwash, all elected officials asked to be on the Council. No one is holding them hostage; they are free to go whenever they want.
If the increase is given, it will take effect starting next election. Albuquerque voters had repeatedly turned down a pay increase before for the City Council. The Citizens' Independent Salary Commission is appointed by the mayor and city councilors by a roundabout proxy system.
Since Berry has taken office the Albuquerque City Council has done very little to earn their keep. The Berry Administration has run amuck, unchecked and unbalanced. Councilors; if you want this big pay raise step up and do something!!!
The Piercing Truth
This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes