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EDITORIAL: Of course council needs to vote again
If all nine members of Kamloops city council were to reconvene and vote again on the pay-raise issue, it is quite likely the elected body would again give itself a wage hike.
Regardless, the matter should indeed be brought back to council chambers for a vote.
City council approved a significant pay raise for councillors and mayor, while also approving cellphones and tablets for council members, while also giving councillors the option of getting medical benefits from the city.
All this was approved by fewer than half of Kamloops’ elected representatives.
Four of the nine council members — Donovan Cavers, Nancy Bepple, Nelly Dever and Arjun Singh — voted this week to adopt the recommendations of a council-appointed task force.
Two council members — Ken Christian and Tina Lange — voted against the motion (though Lange is not opposed to the raise; she simply wanted the wage hike to be done all at once, rather than in stages).
Three council members — Mayor Peter Milobar and councillors Marg Spina and Pat Wallace, all of whom oppose a pay raise — were absent for the vote.
Yes, it is likely Lange will vote in favour of the motion if a new vote is held.
The point, however, is such decision affecting the next council and the pocketbooks of taxpayers should be decided by the full council.
This matter should have been postponed until the entire council was present.
It will cost nothing to conduct a second ballot, but it will be invaluable to voters to know where each elected representative stands via an official vote.