For months I've been hearing the rumor that instead of having his salary cut, Mayor Bob Correia writes a check back to the city for the 10% pay cut he said he would take.
Really, I've had people instant message me on the blog about this, I've had people talk to me in person about it. I've read it on the comment section of the Herald News.
I'm amazed that no one in our local media has investigated this. I'm amazed that the Mayor hasn't tried to clear it up. (OK, maybe I'm not really amazed by that...)
You see the problem is, if the Mayor is writing a 10% check back to the city every pay period then the city is technically paying him his normal salary, and he gets to count that higher amount toward his retirement. Some have argued that the Mayor is doing this on purpose to protect his pension. Considering the tough financial situation Fall River finds itself in, this doesn't seem very moral. Others have argued that the Mayor has to do it this way because his salary is dictated by ordinance. But can't ordinances be changed? The problem is nobody has really proven the Mayor is doing this at all.
One thing that is for sure, nobody has offered the rest of the of the city's employees a chance to protect their pension and write out a check for their pay cuts.
Lefty's View: This needs to be cleared up. There is no reason the Mayor should be writing a check back to the city. If the Mayor is writing a check back to the city because of requirements of an ordinance, that ordinance needs to be changed. If he is doing it to protect his retirement, he needs to stop. If this is just a big myth somebody needs to put an end to it.