“How do we as a task force establish the value of a politician?” Good question, Brant Hasanan and others who sat on the seven-member volunteer citizens’ task force evaluating council’s pay (The Daily News, Oct. 23).
Perhaps that question should have been worked out first. On a side note, five formal meetings and 140 hours of “community” consultation to come up with a formula that is nothing more than an average is, in my opinion, as light and effortless as it gets. But let’s get back to the first point.
While I commend anyone stepping up and putting his or her name on the ballot sheet, plenty of local politicians have turned out to be nothing more than “chair warmers.” And just how much a “chair warmer” is to be paid?
Do we make them pay back their salary if their performance record is light on achievements? For example, it can be argued that the City financial burden in reference to its workforce salaries and administrative compensation is a direct consequence of a possible lethargy on council? Pay raises are all too common and predictable.
It is not a matter of cutting services or compromising community safety. It is a matter of cutting the vicious cycle of pecuniary demands which arise from a twisted sense of entitlement.
We do not have enough tot lots in this city to forever offset the demands for more money.
We need real leadership to stem the flow of water from the gash (or in this case, to stem the flow of cash from the gash) before this ship sinks.
Wouldn’t it be a novel idea to come up with a set of guidelines to gauge politician’s effectiveness or value to the taxpayer? Could we have another task force to study that?