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Thursday, May 9, 2013
As a taxpayer in the city of Roanoke, I would like to express my opinion on the pay increase proposed for city council (“Council gets closer to raises,” May 7 news story). The mayor and other council members have other well-paying jobs that seem to come before the residents of Roanoke. Watching on RVTV3, I see numerous times that the citizens are speaking, and council members are talking among themselves or looking at their laptops, not paying attention to speaking citizens.
There are other employees of the city who deserve a pay raise. Why should the council get a 28 percent pay raise, just because members are paid less than others in the commonwealth? If that is the case, then every employee in the city should get a pay raise.
If Councilman Bill Bestpitch thinks that 20 hours a week deserves more pay, he should give up his council seat and let another who wants to serve the Roanoke take his place. The time spent at 20 hours per week is almost $15 per hour, not bad for a part-time job.
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