LETTER: Council not making enough sacrifices

I’ve been thinking a lot about how Parksville will manage to recover from this terrible COVID-19 pandemic. So many small businesses forced to close, so many citizens laid off their jobs, so many citizens making so many sacrifices for the good of everyone.

But what is our city council sacrificing for the benefit of our community?

Wasn’t it just under a year ago that they unanimously approved a whopping pay raise for themselves?

Councillors went from $16,929 to $30K per year and the mayor from $40,941 to $52.5K per year. Very generous indeed.

Fast forward to 2020 and the many citizens who are really suffering financially right now. People struggling to pay their utility bill to the city, and upcoming property taxes, pay income taxes, pay rent and mortgages, buy groceries, medicines, etc., while having limited or no income. Has anyone from the mayor’s office or council stepped up and offered to take a pay cut, at least until things get better for our citizens? Something to think about and remember at election time.

D.G. Webster


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

CoronavirusLetters to the editorParksville

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Three graduating SD69 students earn prestigious foundation awards

Recipents plan to continue their impactful work in the service of others

PQBeat Podcast: Ed Mayne talks COVID-19, potential pool for Parksville

Mayor returns to ‘PQB News’ studios to detail summer plans

B.C. Supreme Court dismisses claim against Island Corridor Foundation

Snaw-Naw-As (Nanoose) First Nation was seeking return of reserve land as railway sits unused

B.C. accommodators need phone lines to light up as in-province travel given green light

Travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have decimated the tourism and hospitality industries

Nanaimo RCMP ask for help finding missing 19-year-old

Haley Murphy has not been seen since Tuesday, June 30, say police

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

‘Mind boggling’: B.C. man $1 million richer after winning Lotto 6/49 a second time

David O’Brien hopes to use his winnings to travel and of course keep playing the lottery

300 Cache Creek residents on evacuation alert due to flood risk as river rises

Heavy rainfall on Canada Day has river rising steadily, threatening 175 properties

First glimpse of Canada’s true COVID-19 infection rate expected mid-July

At least 105,000 Canadians have tested positive for COVID-19 since the coronavirus was identified

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

Annual music event in Comox Valley celebrates online instead

Vancouver Island MusicFest holds virtual celebration set for July 10

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Most Read