To the editor:
Walter Gray needs to put on his big boy pants and quit whining.
As mayor of this city, Mr Gray, you should understand it is definitely in our interests to know where our tax payer dollars go, even if it is on the embarrassingly high salaries of your employees. As a public figure and our leader, it is your job to share information about where our money is being spent.
More ridiculous than the high salaries are the titles of some of these positions that tell us nothing. What is a Corporate Sustainability GM? What does a Strategic Initiatives Department Manager do? What about Airport Director?
I’d be interested in seeing those job descriptions as I smell duplication all over the place.
And why do we need to pay a Communications Director over $120,000 when we have a mayor, a city clerk and eight city councillors to disperse information when needed?
As for whining about how we don’t require the same sort of information from private sector companies, I am shocked, Mr Gray, that as a former businessman you don’t understand this. In the private sector, I really don’t care what people earn because my taxpayer dollars are not funding their salaries. If someone at McDonalds is earning $75,000 one day, then that’s just fine by me—that person won’t have his/her hand in my pocket.
The over-spending at city hall has been going on for years, and I don’t think us humble, tax-paying sheep see even one-tenth of the waste.
So stop complaining about our right to information, Mr Gray. I understand it must be quite embarrassing to fess up to these exorbitant amounts, but you signed on for the ol’ boys club again so you’re just going to have to lump it.