Chautauqua County legislators are not expected to take up the Salary Review Commission's proposal during its meeting tonight, according to WDOE. That's a good thing.
But it needs to go one step further - do not look at the fairy tale plan, which includes raises of nearly 30 percent, again. Do not look at it until there has been some drastic change to the county in terms of business, development, economics and population. When those pieces start to show an improvement - not a decline - then look to give elected officials raises.
Name an accomplishment by any elected official over recent years when businesses have exited the county as well as residents?
Finding funds to clean and maintain the lake is not one of them. That's a gift from the state. How about magically finding $10 million in funds last year? Another gift.
What about the complaints about state mandates? Complaining is what some politicians do too well.
Our county's population has dipped to under 134,000 residents. In 1980, it was 150,000. How do you justify nearly 30 percent raises to county officials when all we have seen is decline in the last three decades?
This, ultimately, is how you know government leaders are out of touch.