Re "City calls sales tax hike vital" (Our Region, Oct. 2): The call for higher sales taxes in Sacramento by city leaders brings to mind a question I have had for a long time.
As we cut and tax, why does our Sacramento City Council continue to be one of the highest paid councils in the state of California? At some point it was decided that these positions took too much time from regular jobs, and so justified salaries. Before that time, elected city councils volunteered their time for minimal stipends. Yet great accomplishments were achieved.
City departments absolutely vital to safety of the good people of Sacramento have been cut to the core, due to the shortage of revenue. The council members remain entitled. Perhaps it is time to find a way to cut the wages and perks of mayor and council members to better balance the challenged financial climate of our city, as well.
-- Susie Aronson, Sacramento
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