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.