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    Default Proposed 2013 raise for Auburn city officials

    At its regular meeting on November 20, the Auburn City Council will consider Ordinance 2012-20, which proposes a 2.5 percent raise for elected officials for the year 2013:

    Mayor: $51,917.84, up $1,266.72 from $50,651.12 in 2012;

    Clerk-Treasurer: $50,142.56, up $1,223.04 from $48,919.52 in 2012; and

    City Council Member: $4,459.00, up $108.68 from $4,350.32 in 2012.

    As usual, I plan to vote against the raise, because: 1) I do not think that the pay of elected officials should be raised during their immediate term of office;* and 2) because the public resents raises for elected officials in the current depressed economy.

    *In fact, I think raises for elected officials should not take effect unless an election intervenes between the final adoption of the ordinance and the start of a new term.
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    Default Re: Proposed 2013 raise for Auburn city officials

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_Walter View Post
    At its regular meeting on November 20, the Auburn City Council will consider Ordinance 2012-20, which proposes a 2.5 percent raise for elected officials for the year 2013:

    Mayor: $51,917.84, up $1,266.72 from $50,651.12 in 2012;

    Clerk-Treasurer: $50,142.56, up $1,223.04 from $48,919.52 in 2012; and

    City Council Member: $4,459.00, up $108.68 from $4,350.32 in 2012.

    As usual, I plan to vote against the raise, because: 1) I do not think that the pay of elected officials should be raised during their immediate term of office;* and 2) because the public resents raises for elected officials in the current depressed economy.

    *In fact, I think raises for elected officials should not take effect unless an election intervenes between the final adoption of the ordinance and the start of a new term.
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    Default Re: Proposed 2013 raise for Auburn city officials

    Raise passed 5-1 last night. I dissented. Marilyn Gearhart was absent. New member Kevin Webb voted yes. Not a good move in my opinion to make your first act a vote to give yourself a raise.
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    Default Re: Proposed 2013 raise for Auburn city officials

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_Walter View Post
    Raise passed 5-1 last night. I dissented. Marilyn Gearhart was absent. New member Kevin Webb voted yes. Not a good move in my opinion to make your first act a vote to give yourself a raise.
    It's called GREED, pure and simple GREED!
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    Default Re: Proposed 2013 raise for Auburn city officials

    No, I don't think it's greed, not entirely, anyway. It's more like "groupthink."
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    Default Re: Proposed 2013 raise for Auburn city officials

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_Walter View Post
    No, I don't think it's greed, not entirely, anyway. It's more like "groupthink."
    With the number of taxpayers struggling to make ends meet.
    It is inexcusable to give pay raises to elected officials!
    What happened to the adage of "serving your community" ?
    So I ask, are they padding their part time income or do they believe
    in the serving your community ethic?
    I can't imagine that their expense to serve has risen as much as the pay raise.
    Any way that someone justifies the raise, it's still greed at the root of it!
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