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Feedback: Is the Mayor underpaid? Why or Why Not?

Monday, October 23, 2006



On Sept. 26, we printed an article and survey about Mayor Tom Arthur, his salary and the job he has done. Researche showed that Mayor Tom Arthur is compensated considerably less than most mayor's in Indana cities comparable to the size of Brazil.

We asked for your opinions and views on the topic. Only two responses were recieved:

Response 1: NO. NO. NO. Instead of fixing streets and sidewalks like he said he would , he has spent more money on unnecessary things than any politician I've ever heard of like old trucks, and that durapatcher, cars and then tries to

blame some one else because the employees insurance isn't up to date. As far as his pay, he is drawing a check for the city when he is teaching school and not in the Mayor's Office only when he knows there is a camera nearby . As for bring new business to town, WHY DO WE NEED MORE BANKS AND DRUG STORES?????? Lynn's Drugs has been the best and most dependable drug store in town .

From my point of view he is trying to crowd the older business places out; Brazil is not Terre Haute. There is no College here to fill all the homes sitting empty, the stores that have left and the services that have left our hospital. He doesn't think or care about the people. He was overheard at the National Guards Leaving saying, "I hope this is about over , I want to get out of this coat." Those men and women leaving to go protect our country were not complaining about all the things they had to carry out to load up to leave their homes and loved ones. WE NEED A MAYOR THAT CARES ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF

BRAZIL, U.S.A . AND THAT'S NOT TOM ARTHUR. I'm sorry to say I help to put him in office and I'm going to help to get him out. Why can't he be a (man) and step down now before he does any more damage to this town.

-Raymond Martin

Response 2: The take home salary is an issue but go deeper and compare the compensations of Brazil to the same cities.

Insurance, vehicle, food and housing allowances, travel expenses, staffing, tax breaks, etc.

What is the big picture?


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