Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Ballard Vetoes Council Pay Raise
As one last parting shot at a council he does not like, Mayor Greg Ballard today vetoed a 43% pay raise the lame duck members of the City-County Council passed at its final meeting of the year. Ballard said he vetoed the pay raise because its last-minute approval wasn't subject to sufficient accountability. Well, I would like to believe that's why he really vetoed the pay raise, but he's had no problem signing into law other more substantive, costly measures that lacked sufficient accountability or transparency. It's more probable his veto was made for pure spite. Council members will now have to wait at least another year to get the pay raise they want, and all of the sitting members who will benefit from that pay raise will be forced to vote on it. And that's the way it should be. Ballard also vetoed a proposal requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen guns or face civil penalties, a law most objective observers agree is unenforceable due to state law preemption.