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Council committee members reject raises for selves

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:42 a.m. HST, May 15, 2013

City Council members are saying “thanks, but no thanks” to a Salary Commission recommendation to raise their pay.

The commission recommended 4 percent raises for Council members, which would have amounted to a hike to $60,936 for the Council chairman and $54,552 for the remaining eight Council members.

Recommended raises for department heads, city attorneys and others not covered by union contracts, most of which are 4 percent, are not part of Resolution 13-88, which got preliminary approval from the Council Executive Matters and Legal Affairs Committee Tuesday.

In rejecting raises for themselves, Council members said they could not accept raises at a time when many Oahu families are suffering financial hardships, and pointed out that federal sequestration could further worsen the economic outlook.

The resolution will be up for a final vote of the Council on June 5.

Council members last year rejected 3 percent raises for themselves.

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Maneki_Neko wrote:
I trust all City employees will also agree to forego any raises at a time when many Oahu families are suffering financial hardships, and federal sequestration could further worsen the economic outlook. The Council decision was unanimous, right?
on May 14,2013 | 06:19PM
dlum003 wrote:
I bet Menor was the only one who was bummed.
on May 14,2013 | 06:31PM
Wonderful_World wrote:
LOL-we'll get to see on 6/5 who will be bummed!
on May 15,2013 | 07:24AM
boshio wrote:
Heck, they should take the money.
on May 15,2013 | 09:18AM
HD36 wrote:
Did the legislators do the same?
on May 14,2013 | 06:45PM
bender wrote:
Silly question, of course not.
on May 15,2013 | 05:41AM
scooters wrote:
Kudo's to the council.
on May 14,2013 | 09:59PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Yes, many thanks!
on May 15,2013 | 10:24AM
Akwms1 wrote:
What a great group of civic minded individuals!!
on May 14,2013 | 10:19PM
64hoo wrote:
wait a year or two then when the city and county has a surplus then the council will get a 8% raise because they forego the 4% this year. man there smart.
on May 14,2013 | 10:56PM
McB0B wrote:
Good know at least some people in government have a clue of what their constituents are going through and are willing to share in the money crunch along with the rest of us.
on May 15,2013 | 12:35AM
AJSay wrote:
Thank God the Council members are in touch with society. However, one wonders how STUPID the COMMISSION is that determines what salary people should get paid is. Seriously, are the pushing for raises for themselves? Why do they not consider the financial hardships around the world in their determination of what they can afford in additional taxes to pay for raises. SERIOUSLY, the Council and everyone else in the world should LOOK AT changes in WHO is on the various SALARY COMMISSIONS. I think they are just out for themselves. Yes it Hurts, Huh, but it is the TRUTH!!!
on May 15,2013 | 05:37AM
bender wrote:
The public was sold a bill of goods when it was asked to approve the revision to the City Charter to create this commission. The same thing happened at the state level. What goes unsaid in both instances is that the politicians are the ones who select the commission members. The politicians certainly aren't going to appoint someione who might be unfriendly to the idea of pay raises all around. The public doesn't have a voice on either commission and even if they did, it would be a lonely voice in the face of all the members the pols get to appoint.
on May 15,2013 | 05:45AM
loquaciousone wrote:
on May 15,2013 | 07:26AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
I bet if the corrupt Nestor Garcial was still on the council that this would have passed.
on May 15,2013 | 07:38AM
honoluludave wrote:
Don't forget Rod Tam.
on May 15,2013 | 11:44AM
leiann wrote:
Now if the high and mighty council on Maui would follow suit:: but alas!! we are stuck with a sorry lot !!!!
on May 15,2013 | 07:43AM
honoluludave wrote:
Get rid of the Salary Commission.
on May 15,2013 | 11:41AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Get rid of the city council
on May 15,2013 | 12:07PM
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