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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 10 2011 1:44 p.m. MDT

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Saratogaresident
SARATOGA SPRINGS, UT

Let's see. In her time as mayor, she gave herself a raise, and a personal assistant, and alienated herself from the city council. Can anyone tell me what's conservative about that?

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

It sounds as conservative as Representative Chaffetz giving his employees performance bonuses with taxpayer dollars during a fiscal crisis.

SaratogaDad1968
SARATOGA SPRINGS, UT

Please tell the rest of the story SaratogaResident. Review your city council meeting notes. When the Saratoga City Council proposed stipend increases that would take them back to before their 2008 budget cuts, Mayor Love counseled against the increase. The council voted in favor of the increase despite Mayor Love's guidance. In outcome of the Councils vote she was given a monthly increase from $600 per month to $800 per month. Mayor Love works 35-45 hours per week so do the math 168 hours per month for $800 dollars. How many other leaders in our state work for those compensation levels? Sounds like an act of service to me.
As far as the personal assistant, again go back to your council meeting notes. When the City Council wanted to hire a full time economic developer. Mayor Love volunteered to take on the Economic Developer role for no compensation, saving the city significant money. She asked only that she was given some help. As a result she now has access to an assistant who is shared with the City Manager and Planning Director.Saratoga Resident, I recommend you get more involved so you have your facts straight.

SaratogaDad1968
SARATOGA SPRINGS, UT

Please tell the whole story SaratogaResident. Review your city council meeting notes. When the Saratoga City Council proposed stipend increases that would take them back to before their 2008 budget cuts, Mayor Love counseled against the increase. The council voted in favor of the increase despite Mayor Love's guidance. As a result of the Councils vote she was given a monthly increase from $600 per month to $800 per month. Mayor Love works 35-45 hours per week. So do the math 168 hours per month for $800 dollars. How many other leaders in our state work for those compensation levels? It sounds like an act of service to me.
As far as giving herself a personal assistant, again go back to your council meeting notes. When the City Council wanted to hire a full time Economic Developer. Mayor Love volunteered to take on the Economic Developer role for no compensation, saving the city significant money. She asked only that she was given some help. As a result she now has access to an assistant who is shared with the City Manager and Planning Director. Saratogaresident,I recommend you get more involved so you have your facts straight.

Saratogaresident
SARATOGA SPRINGS, UT

Yes she said she was fine with no stipend increase but to just give the city council a stipend increase. The council said to not give them an increase and to just give the mayor an increase. In reality they went against the public input that went 8-2 against the stipend increase in the city council meeting that night. The council and the mayor knew what the stipend was when they ran and if they didn't like what it was, they shouldn't have run. Yet one of the first things the mayore and new council did was give themselve a huge percentage raise in a recession.
She should fit right in the good old boys club in Congress!

Saratogaresident
SARATOGA SPRINGS, UT

Against input of 8-2 by citizens in a city council meeting, the council asked to raise the mayors stipend and the mayor asked to raise the council's stipend. Prior to the city council meeting they had already agreed to support one another for a raise.
Only true politicians can give themselves a raise during a recession while their citizens are losing their jobs. It didn't send a very good message.

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