Columbia, SC — The salary shuffle is the latest ploy that Columbia City Council will take to stick a thorn in the side of the strong-mayor movement.
According to a Sept. 18 article (“Columbia group seeks delay in strong-mayor referendum”), “council can wait as late as Nov. 4 to cast the last of two required votes on changing the mayor’s salary from the current $17,500. If a decision about salary is delayed until after the Nov. 5 election, state law would prohibit the increase from taking effect before January 2016 after the city’s next set of council elections in the fall of 2015.”
I’m betting that council will inexplicably “miss” the deadline. This means that Columbia could have a full-time mayor working for peanuts.
Who will win this salary shuffle power struggle, the mayor or the council? I shudder to think.