This has been a pretty tricky issue to think through and I think councillors are always in an awkward and difficult position when deciding compensation for a position we currently hold. It is very easy to look self serving.
That said, I think we went through the right process in two key respects:
1) We formed an independent citizen committee to consult fellow citizens, to research, to discuss, and to decide on a recommendation for council compensation.
2) We decided to implement all changes after the next civic election.
So, we put together an arms length process and voters still have the opportunity to judge our actions in this regard before any council members earns a penny more from these changes in compensation.
The committee did recommend a large raise. To be clear, whatever the committee had recommended, it would be hard to imagine I would vote against. Even if it was a decrease in compensation. The key point here is that the discussion and recommendation should not come from council.