It's easy to see why the question of how much city council get paid becomes such an interesting story. I think elected officials are among the very few people in the world who set their own pay. And, historically, many elected officials (thankfully not in Kamloops) have been quite generous with themselves. So the media pays rather rapt attention to this issue.
Having voted against this year's tax increase, I also feel now is not the right time for city council to get a pay rise. Other council colleagues, people I respect enormously, likely think differently.
I think the bigger issue is that we should really take the decision out of our own hands. One suggestion is to put together a diverse group of local citizens - from many different walks of lifes - and ask them to hear the different points of view and to learn about the work of a councillor - and let them recommend an appropriate pay for the Mayor and Councillors. Council would have to approve the recommendation. We could agree to approve whatever they recommend.