, Newburyport, MA


June 17, 2013

No justification for raises for mayor, council


Here’s a radical proposal; instead of comparing the mayor’s pay with that of an overpaid, albeit very nice police chief (Amesbury’s police chief makes $160,630/year, population 16,450, 13.7 square miles versus Newton’s police chief makes only $116,692 with population 85,945 and 18 square miles), how about comparing the mayor’s salary with that of other similarly sized, well-run Massachusetts communities? It’s not going to tell you what you want to hear, but at least it will be a realistic and honest comparison. Amesbury’s beleaguered taxpayers deserve nothing less.

Kenneth Pinette


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