Editor: Do city salaries make sense to you?
The salaries paid by the City of Langley, as reported by The Times (May 9)are, to be kind — atrocious. To be blunt, they are just plain stupid.
Do the math. Taxpayers are paying $8,787,615 in salaries to employees, to service 10 square kilometres. The cost per square kilometre is $878,761.
The cost per citizen is $351.50 for every man, woman and child resident in the City. There are approximately 11,000 households, who pay $798 each.
Ask yourself, do we really get value for that amount of money? Would you knowingly cut a cheque for nearly $ 800 for the services you presently get? Other than perhaps the portion for fire services, I think not.
Running a municipal government is a licence to print money, as they have to balance the budget each year and they simply pass cost increases on. They become tax increases, which we are required as homeowners to pay
If the union employee gets a raise, administration gets a raise. A four per cnt boost on $200,000 is a heck of a lot more than that received by non-administrative employees.
It is simply not in the interests of administration to keep wages down..
The only way that sanity can once again enter the picture is if each and every taxpayer in this city says “no” to increases in salaries of the non-union staff, and leans on their councillor — not just at election time but for the full term.
We have the opportunity to replace the incumbent mayor. Let’s hope someone young with good common sense puts his or her name forward .
We need someone who will buck the system and who actually has the interests of the community at heart, rather than building a resume.
What we don’t need is more of the same.