With the city facing a fiscal crisis Mayor Correia has proposed that all municipal employees take an 8% pay cut for 2009 and a 10% pay cut for the 2010 fiscal year. Without these cuts the Mayor says the city will be forced to layoff close to 200 city workers. Correia is also proposing that the school department waive a 2% raise due to them at the end of 2009.
For many city workers a 10% pay cut next year is going to be a real hardship, still it's better than not having a job.
Lefty's View: If Mayor Correia is counting on the sacrifice of city employees to help weather the financial storm he needs to lead by example! Has Mayor Correia stated that he is taking a pay cut? Bob Correia makes a base salary of $118,993. That's a lot more than most families in Fall River make! I propose that the Mayor take a 25% pay cut. That would still leave him with a salary of just under $90,000, and that $29,000 might just save the job of someone who is struggling to get by.