Mason on Salary Cuts
A this week’s council meeting, 2nd Ward councilwoman Beth Mason voted to table two competing resolutions to lower the salaries of the city council and Mayor. I didn’t pay much mind to it, because it was trivial in the grand scheme of things.
However, some folks are up in arms about why she made that decision. Read her response below.
There are bigger fish to fry
“I voted Wednesday night to table two motions aimed at officially lowering Council and Mayoral salaries by 10% and 15% respectively.
While I fully appreciate the symbolic gesture that members of the council are attempting to make by legislating lower salaries for themselves in this time of economic crisis, such actions are not going to remedy Hoboken’s big picture. Our city is in desperate need of economic restructuring. Whether it’s cutting services, cutting personnel or manipulating our resources to find new revenue streams we have some serious questions to answer that directly affect the lives of each and every resident and worker in Hoboken. If members of the council want to follow my lead and return their salary to the city of their own volition in order to demonstrate their leadership in these troubled times I applaud them, but the people of Hoboken did not take time away from their families to hear us negotiate the details of such a measure. The people of Hoboken need us to act on the restructuring the city’s economy and doing our best to retain essential services without excessive taxes.
Thank you for your interest,
Beth Mason, 2nd Ward City Councilwoman”