To the Editor:

I’d like to share my opinion on a recent KDH article about a possible pay raise for Killeen’s city council.

There’s an argument to be had for both sides.

I agree with Councilwoman Debbie Nash-King when she says that council members are servants to the community.

The fact that the council does this job for so little pay is admirable.

This is why I’ve been so supportive of the council and the mayor when uninformed individuals are quick to criticize.

I know that these men and women are not motivated by financial gain, but rather their love for our city and its residents.

Few readers are aware of just how much time and energy is spent by the council and mayor to move our growing community forward.

In a conversation I had with the late Jim Kilpatrick, I asked Jim about how many hours a week he spent doing council business. “About 20,” he said.

In a separate conversation with Jim, I asked him how many hours were spent balancing the budget a few years ago, when it was discovered there was a substantial shortfall. “About 150.”

This should be of interest to all council candidates who are running in the May election.

Ask yourself, if this is a sacrifice you are willing to make should you win.

The last pay raise for the city council and the mayor was 20 years ago. I’d say they’re long overdue for a raise.

Bill Paquette


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The city council members and the mayor all ran for and competed for their jobs. They knew what they were going to get paid when they ran. With all the work that needs to be done in this city, I think the money needs to be used to fix all the things that need to be fixed in Killeen, starting with the streets that are horrible in much of the city.

Maybe I am just a little bit more than upset when reading about our KISD Superintendent getting a $42,000 raise last year and our Killeen city administrators getting paid the outrageous salaries they are making, including the asst. city manager that was just hired.. I think things are just a little bit out of balance now, to the point of being ridiculous.

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