This past Monday, the Orlando City Commission voted in favor of a significant pay raise where their salaries will rise to $60K per year. The commission also voted to bump Mayor Buddy Dyer’s salary a whopping 37 percent from $142k to $195k per year.
That’s not a shabby haul for a set of politicians who preside over a city that has the lowest paying jobs in the nation.
That’s right; Orlando is the lowest paying metro area in the entire country. Our median income is just over $29,000 per year and almost half of the jobs in Central Florida pay less than $25,000 per year.
On the heels of that news, it seems like such a great time for the mayor and the city commission to receive a pay raise, right?
I guess the slither of a silver lining in this is that two commissioners didn’t go along with the rest. Commissioners Tony Ortiz and Robert Stuart voted no without comment.
There was one commissioner in particular who thought it was a good idea.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, District 5 Commissioner Daisy Lynum, one of the worst on the commission, said that Orlando’s growth is a pretty good reason for the raise. She also mentioned that she wants to stay in line with the other commissioners.
“It was my understanding that the other commissioners were in favor of it, and I didn’t want to stand in the way.”
Reading that comment made me wonder what else she may go along with because she wouldn’t want to stand in the way of her co-workers. Maybe the proposed Orlando soccer stadium deal? What about Creative Village? Eminent domain perhaps?
Sometimes when I read or listen to blithering commentary about why a certain politician wants to do something, it reminds me that we receive the government that we deserve.
But Orlando deserves so much better than someone who votes in step with fellow commissioners instead of in favor of his or her constituents.
Just too bad we don’t realize it.
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- Mayor, commissioners to get raise (clickorlando.com)
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