Council now has their seven “Solomons” tasked with recommending annual pay rates. The challenge is how to determine a fair rate. One definition of a fair rate is one that is agreed upon by both parties.
There has been discussion of using comparisons with the rates of other municipalities.
This, of course, assumes that they had some logical process in setting these rates. In all likelihood they didn’t.
The comparison process will result in either freezing or averaging up the rates. Never are rates deemed too high and reduced. This process is better described as “chasing stupid.”
Fair rates can be determined by having each candidate for council specify in their nomination their expected rate of pay for each year of their term. If elected, enough voters have agreed to their rates, therefore, a fair rate.
If council doesn’t agree to this process, nothing stops future candidates from
including a rate in their platform.
Some may argue that this would distort the election towards pay rates. This would only happen if that is what the voters want and that is what elections are all about.