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By Ralph Damiani

The council’s action in granting some staff a bonus - or pay allowance or what you want to call it - is cause for pause.

This seems to us to be the wrong solution to the problem and we have to agree with Robert Gibson who voted against the idea.

Even the chair, Michael Wheeler, is quoted in voicing concerns, altough he voted for the plan.

As best as we can understand this, it seems that when the council approved its recent budget it did so failing to take into account a group of employees who have hit the top of their pay scale and can’t get a raise.

So the council wanted to adjust that. But we have two quetions, why is this necessary and if it is so important, why was this not done before?

If there is truly a mistake made in the budget and salary process, fix it. This kind of approach is not the answer and is not in the best interest of anyone.

Giving a 3 percent salary adjustment because of what is being called a mistake is not the way to solve this issue. Fix the salary plan.

Gibson was right on target when  he said, “We seem to be putting a Band-Aid on the problem.”

The comment we disagree with is Wheeler’s. “I’ll vote in favor of this because we’re stuck.”


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