Bob Culver stated all involved are great people but we've already voted this down once and disagrees that this is being brought up again.
Sharee Sample Houghes agrees with bringing it back up.
Joe Holloway disagrees. There's nothing new. Is there any justification that the economy improved? Everybody voted against it before because of the economy.
John Hall says a number of people contacted him. He expressed they should get an increase.
Culver said these people are elected because they WANT to do this job. Not for personal gain.
Prettyman said the County Executive already sent a letter of support and she feels they should support it as well.
9,800 more jobs lost in Maryland. The recession is not over, said Joe Holloway.
Stevie said she had people call her telling her they made a mistake. Joe has received calls supporting the Council's decision. Joe was trying to point out that ANY other time in the past that ANYTHING was brought back up for a re-vote there was reasons for it. In this case there is NO new information.
They have voted to SUPPORT the Orphan Court raise. Including Matt Holloway. Joe Holloway and Bob Culver voted NAY.
Stevie said "Serve and Protect is not just words". A raise was turned down in 2010 to raise his salary. Not having a raise in 12 years is "unthinkable".
Culver said Lewis has done a great job. However, our County Executive doesn't get anywhere near the salary other Executives get throughout the state. We don't need to have any more $3.5 million shortfall any more. We're not in the position to give this raise at this time.
Matt Holloway supports the raise as does John Hall. Hall admitted Sheriff Lewis is traveling the country doing seminars. John doesn't realize Lewis makes a small fortune OUTSIDE his salary doing seminars.
They just approved Mike Lewis' salary. Culver and Joe Holloway were NAYS. The rest of the council votes in support of the raise.
One thing I can ASSURE you of, MORE people voiced their opinions on this very Blog than those who called Council Members stating they support raises for the Sheriff and Judges. I know the County Council follows Salisbury News. I guess the many thousands of people who come here and comment DON'T COUNT.
They can sit there and make stupid excuses like I GOT CALLS but clearly Joe Holloway spelled it out best, WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY. He added NOTHING has changed in the economy, so why would we even reconsider when we have a $3.5 million shortfall right now.
NO ONE will deny these ELECTED officials don't deserve more money, NO ONE. However, ALL of us are experiencing hard times. I can tell you, 6 years ago I could LIVE off the interest of my money, no problem. TODAY, PLEASE! I'm losing money every day in the past 5 years and SO ARE YOU.
These are NOT representatives. They are BS artists who CLAIM people called them to change their mind. It's a load of crap and Joe Holloway said it best, the economy has NOT improved to warrant such increases.