Last night I got a text message telling me that WBOC had implied that the City Council and Mayor still want a raise, this is not true.
Last night Council President Jake Day asked that this agenda item be tabled. Of course Shanie Shields and Laura Mitchell wanted to move forward with a raise but Day and Spies said NO and gave a multitude of reasons why it shouldn't move forward.
Here's the deal. There is much to consider. Jake wants to look into a possible full time Mayor position. He is not saying he wants that to happen for Salisbury but in all fairness he wants to look into it as an option.
The other option is going back to a position in which the Council President would act as Mayor. Since Jake knows he wants to continue a political career down the road, there's no way he will vote in favor of ANY of these options as he does not want the public to ever be under the impression he is/was looking to pad additional income for himself. This, (to me) is quite honorable.
Jake has NO intention of EVER bringing this item back to the agenda while he is Council President. Now you have the TRUTH behind last nights decision to table this item. There will be NO RAISES for the Council or Mayor.