I had a friend in Sterling on the Lake text me a picture of a push card left on his Mailbox for one of the disputed races in Flowery Branch. My friend’s question concerned the comment about repealing the 70% pay raise. He wanted to know if the information was true and why he hadn’t heard more about this pay raise. I texted him back and reminded him that he lived inside the city limits and that while I have a Flowery Branch address, I did not live in the city. In other words, I haven’t read the paper in several months (ever since I decided to take a break from writing) and I don’t really know what’s going on.
However, every now and then someone will make a comment on an old post or I will get an e-mail with a scoop. So I guess to satisfy the demand, I am going to have to do some more late night writing.
To answer my friend’s question, it turns out that the city approved per diems back on August 15. I can’t blame my friend for not knowing that it was discussed because it really wasn’t covered in the Legal Organ; the article was titled: Flowery Branch City Council hears update on downtown plans. To see any information on the per diem, you have to look in the Read More box to see what is going on. Basically, the Mayor and council members can now collect $50 per meeting up to 5 meetings a month or an additional $250 on top of the enormous salary of $500 per month for the Mayor and $400 per month for a Council Member.
My first thought is why would anyone want to put up with the hassle of working for the public for only $500 per month? But I have to think that if you did decide to run, it has to be for more than money because a “70%” raise on nothing, is still nothing. I guess that you can make the argument that if you don’t take the per diem, is it really a pay raise? That kind of reminds me of when I was a programmer in 1999 and since we were preparing for Y2K, overtime was offered with a 20 hour cap. I certainly took advantage and worked the extra hours. I think almost everyone worked the extra hours if they could. There were a few that had kids at home and had to get home to relieve their sitter, but for the most part, the offer was accepted by most of us. I certainly liked the extra money.
I would have to say that this is a pay raise since history shows that the offer will most likely be accepted by the majority of the people. If you want to learn a little more about it, come back because there is an e-mail that I received that is burning up my inbox.