Petitioners aim to reverse raises for Vancouver leaders

The Vancouver mayor and city council members were recently given significant raises

A petition with 3,700 signatures aims to reverse the large raises given to Vancouver city council members and the mayor. (KOIN)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — Vancouver’s current mayor and city council recently received significant raises from the city’s salary commission, and some people aren’t happy about it.

Thousands of signatures were turned over to the city clerk with the hope of doing away with the raises.

The raises brought a 117% hike for the mayor, to $60,000 a year and a 50% increase for council members, to a little more than $32,000 a year.

Former mayor Bruce Hagensen brought the information to the people of Vancouver.

Another former mayor, Royce Pollard, said there’s no way to justify raises like this. “This is dedicated public service. You cannot buy dedication and commitment and loyalty by increasing the salary,” Pollard said. “If you want a good example, look at our federal government.”

Volunteers needed 2,700 signatures and got about 3,700. The signatures will need to be verified and if that hurdle is cleared, the council itself can reverse the raises, or the decision could go to voters in November.

“We’re saying that this commission made a very serious, and in my view, stupid mistake,” Pollard said.

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