OK, so this issue is a month old now, and I want to know what people feel about voting to increase their stipends. No one has called me or written me directly about it, so I’d like to know if people are really upset about our stipends going up.
Most people seem to think that trustees should be paid a fair amount but don’t have much faith in the process, which I can understand. I’ve complained louder than most over the years about politicians voting for their own wage increase, but I don’t yet know what the solution is.
Here are the numbers : Trustees currently receive $11,000 a year, and we voted to increase that to $13,313 (the provincial average.) Basically $166 a month.
I voted for the increase, so I obviously believe the amount is fair, even if the process isn’t perfect.
So, what do you think?
- Do you think Trustees are paid too much?
- Do you think the public should decide whether raises are warranted?
- Would you be willing to submit your own raises to the public for approval?