All city councilors waive pay raise

It’s been over two years since the Worcester City Council voted to approve their controversial pay increase that nearly doubled their salary from $15,750 to $29,000, while providing for automatic small annual increases. That raise was a near-constant issue during the campaign and ensuing year, but faded away in 2008.

But earlier this year, the entire council waived their 2009 payraise, which would have totaled 1%, according to city officials.

“It was the right thing to do. How could we do otherwise in this incredibly difficult time?,” says Councilor Kate Toomey.

“Based on the budget situation…I only thought it made sense as a City Councilor,” adds Councilor Joff Smith.

But not all the councilors are getting the same cut: By Worcester Magazine’s understanding, 8 of the 10 councilors (not counting Mayor Konnie Lukes) are getting the $29,000 voted by the last council in 2006; Councilors Mike Germain and Gary Rosen are taking the $15,750 councilors were allocated before that vote took effect.

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One response to “All city councilors waive pay raise

  1. This is somewhat good news to read and hear, but when we have Councilors such as Paul Clancy pushing through, on the sly, the approval of $300k for a playground at Providence Street School, I guess not taking the pay raise is only a gloved slap in the face.

    The amazing great act was played out prior to Christmas when most folks were still reeling from the ice storm and the snow storms that hit us all hard.

    Mayor Lukes and the entire City Council should be ashamed, because in tough times, a playground is the last thing we need. There are good folks loosing their homes, struggle day in and day out to put food on the table and they have the audacity to approve a $300,000 playground?!

    It’s no wonder why Worcester is known as ‘Wormtown’.

    All the good people of Worcester have to get involved and call City officials to be responsible, especially when spending with reckless abandon is not the course we need to take during these lean times.

    As in Latin, we must demand and expect Magis.

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