Legislation has been formally introduced that will increase compensation for the County Council and the County Executive.
Bill 2016-16 aims to provide an 8% pay increase to all Council Members starting in December of 2018.
Also introduced is Bill 2016-17 which would increase the County Executive’s compensation to $100,000.00 per year and make County Employee Group Insurance coverage available as an added benefit.
Both bills were introduced during the council’s July 19th legislative meeting.
Ironically, just hours earlier, Council President Robert Hodge had proposed eliminating half of the council’s work session meetings due to “a lack of agenda items.”
I don’t know about you, but I find it appalling that politicians would even consider an 8% pay raise…
…while claiming at the same time that there are not enough county issues to warrant having four work session meetings per month.
Currently, Council Member compensation works out to $36.08 per hour.
A reduction in the number of meetings coupled with a 8% pay increase would drive that hourly rate up significantly.
You and I know that this is a bad deal for the taxpayers of Cecil County and yet every sitting member of our County Council seems to fully support this legislation.
This means that we must turn up the heat on these politicians to prevent yet another frivolous spending increase.
Here’s the good news.
A public hearing on this legislation is scheduled forAugust 16th and the final vote will come on September 6th.
This gives us time to mobilize the public to pressure our County Council to vote against these unnecessary pay increases.
We’ve already collected a large number of signatures on our Petition to Oppose Salary Increases for Cecil Politicians which will be delivered to the County Council before the final vote on September 6th.
However, it’s going to take a large public outcry to motivate our County Council to vote down bills 2016-16 and 2016-17.
Here’s how you can help:
Secondly, we need volunteers to help us educate the public about this legislation and collect signatures on our petition to oppose it.
And finally, even if you don’t have time in your busy schedule to volunteer, your financial support is crucial in giving our activists the tools that they need to reach thousands of Cecil County citizens.
Please consider donating what you can to help pay for the costs associated with printing flyers and petitions, county-wide robocalls, and postage for direct mail.
This is a winnable fight.
There are no special interest groups advocating for more tax dollars to be spent to line the pockets of politicians.
This legislation is only being supported by a small group of political insiders who are either looking to help their friends or get political favors in the future.
Every one of our elected officials ran on a platform of lower taxes and less government spending – and they have failed miserably at keeping that promise.
None of them ever mentioned that they would work to increase compensation for politicians during their campaigns.
It’s time for the taxpayers of Cecil County to hold our elected officials accountable by demanding that they abandon all efforts to secure pay raises at taxpayer expense.
Please share this information with friends and family in Cecil County.