The Glendale’s Police Department officers and volunteers are to be congratulated on the way the “Shred-A-Thon” was organized on Saturday, Oct. 5.
The four lines moved faster than the single line used in previous events. Now if we just keep people from including trash such as empty whiskey bottles and dumbbells at home.
Patricia and Roger Moore
Considering the raise
On Nov. 5, the Glendale City Council wants you to decide whether or not they should get an $18,685 or 55% salary increase. It has been 13 years since their last raise. It is an issue deserving of consideration, as we have some very fine officials that diligently serve our community far above the minimum requirements.
What is not so obvious, however, is that their proposed amendment to the City Charter eliminates your future ability to vote on council pay raises. Article 2, Section 8 of the City Charter currently states that “Any proposed increase in council salaries must be approved by the voters at the next election.”
If the proposed amendment is enacted, this section of the Charter will be eliminated. Citizens will no longer have the right to decide if a Council pay increase is merited. Simply said, your vote will not be needed.
Instead, the Council pay rate will be tied to that of the City employees without your further approval. In essence, this would mean that the Council would now be voting on their own pay increases via the annual budget process. I am personally opposed to that particular stipulation and believe an issue this significant should not be decided in an off-year election by mail-in ballot. Rather, bring this to the citizens in a regular election year, and vote only on the merits of a pay raise. Do not eliminate voters from the process.
Presently, Glendale Council members are paid $34,000 per year. This is less than Phoenix or Mesa, but more than the council member pay in other cities like Scottsdale, Peoria, Tempe, Surprise, Gilbert and Chandler. Whether or not our council members should get a raise is worthy of debate.
What should not be considered is the loss of the citizen’s right to vote on future salary increases.