Pay raise for CVRD directors ridiculous

North Cowichan – Re: CVRD approves area directors’ pay raise Hmm, convenient and yet so disappointing. I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but the cost of living here in the Cowichan Valley is getting higher and higher thanks to all levels of local government spending. I mean, it’s out of control.

When will the political elite understand that politics is not a means to line one’s pocket. Elected officials talk about “serving” provided it is remunerated to their liking.

The main reason for raising their pay is “To encourage more people to come forward”. Really? If that is the case, why do we need a staff complement of 230-plus people to run the CVRD?

This next election, I’ll be voting for the area directors who can prove to me that they understand how to read a financial statement and are willing to make the CVRD board and staff be accountable for every penny they spend.

Call me cynical, but I can only surmise that the board of directors is now getting ready to spring their salary increases on us after winning this victory. I only wish the private sector could offer the same careless attitudes when it comes to wage increases. But then again, they have shareholders they’re accountable too.

Rob Saare

North Cowichan