It seems like in today's society, government bureaucrats can wave a magic wand and give themselves pay raises that they never earn, while at the same time, firefighters, police officers and teachers are forced to make "concessions" to help with strapped city budgets.
According to the Orlando Sentinel on Sept. 17, Dyer and his cohorts at 400 South Orange Avenue are planning to include a 21 percent increase in the salaries of the mayor and city commissioners. The commissioners, who now earn $49,383, well above the median income average of the common Orlando citizen, will see a pay increase to the tune of $60,000.
The mayor will be ringing in the big bucks as well.
Dyer's pay is expected to jump from $160,892 a year, to a grand total of $195,500.
While the mayor and City Council will enjoy hefty pay raises, Orlando city workers, the ones who put on there hard hats and work on the front lines, will receive a paltry 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment.
So, to recap: City workers who protect, clean and maintain the city, will get a meaningless pay raise, while the "lawmakers" who are in session MAYBE two days a week, and smile for the cameras, will receive a 21 percent pay raise.
Do you get it? Me neither.
It makes little sense that the city would give itself a 21 percent pat on the back while it faces a $12 million budget hole next year. That means that we could very well be talking about proper tax increases and cuts to service as the city looks to fill the shortfall.
But the hard working City Council must have it's pay raise at any cost!
They truly do deserve it. After all, they worked hard to torpedo the city's budget by approving an arena it cannot afford and now building a soccer stadium it cannot afford. All the while, Orlando's crime rate is on the rise and more and more city residents are feeling the squeeze of high cost and low wages.
That takes dedication right there.
Look, i'm all for pay raises. It is good for moral and empowers you to continue to do a good job. A pay raise must be earned through hard work and dedication.
Buddy Dyer and the Orlando City Council certainly does not fit that description.