Monday, October 20, 2008

The Irony of Ironies: Mayor Coody's Salary

While our city employees are struggling with increased costs of living without a raise and the city administration is proposing to run a budget deficit of $535,000, Mayor Dan Coody has been taking salary increases that would make a banker blush. Here's the record:

2001: $74,041.76
2002: $75,033.92
2003: $79,620.32
2004: $83,312.32
2005: $93,236.00
2006: $95,752.80
2007: $104,715.52
2008: $107,038.88

In today's newspaper, Dan Coody is quoted as saying with a straight face, "I think now is the worst time since 1929 to ask for a tax increase. I just think now is the time for all of us to pull together."

That's comforting talk from a man who has jacked up his own salary by 28% during the last four years. No wonder he wants to keep a good thing going.

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