The following is reposted from Councillor Jeff Bateman’s page on Facebook, with permission. To see his original post, see the embedded content at the bottom of the post.
Grotesque and obscene, says the essentially content councillor (earning barely five figures) while choking on his cheerios.
(And yes, pay for Sooke elected reps must increase locally if we wish to ensure competitive engagement from talented people of all ages who wish to steer — partially, in collaboration with staff, fellow elected reps, consultants and the public — the local ship of state.
Thank you again Doug Wittich and the EDG group for independently raising this matter so early in our term. As I said at Monday night’s meeting, and repeat here since our local reporters aren’t quoting me, I like the four-year EDG formula to bring recompense into line with other municipalities our size.
I also figure the hybrid solution I offered Monday night in an attempt to bridge the various concerns raised around our diminished table (five of seven present) is still the best way forward:
i) a raise immediately (TBD, 20 percent perhaps); and
ii) create a short-term task force to figure out fair pay now and a formula for the future. With all the data that’s been collected to date, and with the reports from the 2008 committee as a precedent, it shouldn’t be too difficult.
For some reason I’ve not fathomed yet, none of my colleagues seconded that motion. Waffling this may be, but it’s the first substantial action on this subject in eight years and I’m sure we’ll get it sorted on the third try.)
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