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The headline reads, "Council Approves Gross Wage Increase."  Moose Jaw City Council voting in favour this week to give themselves a raise.  While their gross pay will go up, their net pay will remain about the same because of a federal tax adjustment.

Most of the locals commenting on this DiscoverMooseJaw.com story are not in favour of this.  Sandi says "I would also like a wage increase to bolster what I lose via taxes...pay them less and less tax comes off."

Elaine says, "Yep...it's gross alright."

But, a man named Keith says, "I don't have a problem...Our elected officials were underpaid relative to other cities in the province to begin with..."

Keith's right.  In fact, when the mayor's annual salary goes from just over $68,000 to $79,000 it'll still be well below the $88,000 the mayor of Prince Albert earns.  Yorkton's mayor makes about $81,000 and in Swift Current the pay is $78,000 and those are apparently part-time positions.

I've said it before; if we want to attract quality people to City Council we have to pay them a reasonable salary.  

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