Email regarding Council Pay Raises
June 25, 2007
To: Kathleen Johnson, Director, Department of Human Resources
To: Michael Conrad, Treasurer
To: Robert Allard, Chief Financial Officer
From: Barbara Haller, District 4 City Councilor
By way of this written communication, I respectfully request
and authorize you to take the following actions regarding
my monthly compensation as a Worcester City Councilor:
1. reduce my monthly compensation to the amount that was
in effect prior to the January 10, 2007 increase.
2. adjust my next payroll check(s) to reverse the entire
amount that has been paid to me over and above the old salary
The intent of this correspondence is to correct my compensation
such that my entire compensation for the period beginning
January 10, 2007 is equivalent to my compensation prior to
the January 10, 2007 increase - that my compensation past
and future be as if no compensation increase was applied.
For the record and by way of explanation for this request:
I completely supported then Mayor Murray's effort to correct
a structural flaw in city council compensation. I share his
concerns that interest in committed elected service to the
city is diminished by the lack of adequate compensation. For
my district, District 4, this flaw is magnified. Many individuals
in my district who may wish to serve are financially restricted
due to expenses of child care, elder care, transportation,
charitable givings, and the need for family income.
I believe that returning City Council compensation to the
sum established in 1989 adjusted for inflation would serve
to increase qualified candidates for elected office. For that
reason I have stood firm in my resolve to support the compensation
increase of January 10, 2007.
The Council has now voted to rescind this increase. Due to
charter rules this rescission cannot take effect until January
2008. The result is that the compensation increase voted will
serve no one but those presently serving - there is no future
benefit. My votes in support of the increased compensation
were taken because I believe that the system needs to be reformed
for the future of our city and not for what resulted - a pay
increase for one year and solely for my own personal benefit.
Therefore, I am requesting the actions above. Likewise, I
hereby waive all claims against the City and its officers
and employees to the salary amounts unpaid as a result of
Thank you for your dedicated service to our City.
Barbara G. Haller
Moving forward together.
Cc: Michael O'Brien