Let voters decide pay raise
Jan 24, 2019 | 320 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The decision to increase the salaries of members of the Grand County Council by 267 percent is not the first time the action of certain individuals on that council might be considered a blindsiding.

The first time the citizens of Grand County were blindsided occurred with an amendment to House Bill 224. That amendment is now forcing a change in our form of government, regardless of the fact that on three different occasions Grand County voters overwhelmingly demonstrated their support for the current seven-member council. Certain members of the council are not above a blindsided approach when advancing their personal political agendas.

In the interest of transparency, why not publish the proposed amendment or a least a summary of its content as a way to ensure public awareness, before you actually submit your proposed amendment for consideration?

An article recently appearing in The Times-Independent states the pay raise was put on the agenda as a “discussion-only” item. I’m not sure what that means, but if you believe in transparency why not publish the proposal of a 2.7-fold increase in salaries. This would help ensure the public is informed and reduce the potential for the increase to be perceived as exorbitant.

Council members deserve compensation and a substantial increase might be warranted. Why not remove the ethical dilemma faced by council members considering a pay raise for themselves by allowing the voters decide?

–Thomas Gracen


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