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Sunday, May 15, 2011

"If everyone tightened their belts..!"

The Garden island newspaper ran an opinion piece in this past Sundays newspaper titled, " End apathy: get involved in county budget process." http://thegardenisland.com/news/opinion/editorial/article_2e947ca2-7ecc-11e0-bca8-001cc4c03286.html?mode=story

May I suggest a simple solution to a complex budget; as we near the completion of the mayors proposed budget with final voting and public testimony on May 25Th.

Kaua'i county needs to keep some of this money for a rainy day fund, budget cuts straight across the board, at 20% starting with each of the 7 overpaid council members making $56,000 a year,(the chair makes an additional $7,000) $500 a moth car allowance and some of the best health insurance available to man.(and woman)

Nobody needs a pay raise with taxpayer money and a 20% cut across the board makes for a simple and money saving technique that could easily be employed if everyone tightened their belts and from the looks of things many of the council members have been eating quite well and could easily stand tightening their belts.

County Council members are listed as a part time job, the salary should be as such, these are public servants folks. They work for us!

Get involved, voice your opinions with public testimony, letters to the editor or by standing on the street corner with a sign that reads,"Enough already," or something you feel passionate about.

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