BEND, OR -- Bend City Councilor Barb Campbell is looking to make some changes to the city charter. She brought up the idea during this week's City Council meeting. Fellow Councilors told her she needs to narrow her focus.
Campbell told them, "The two that I have heard that have come up repeatedly are elected mayor, and whether or not Councilors should be paid any more. Those are the two that I really do think, at least the seven of us have said over the course of time, this is something we should be thinking about as our city grows." Currently, Councilors are paid $200 a month.
"We're in this strange position - not strange; perfectly appropriate position - we can't make changes that effect ourselves; we can't vote a raise for ourselves; we can't make a change because 'I want.' I just think this is something where we've got to get out ahead of it. We have to act in order for it to take effect for the next Council."
Campbell says she will continue to think about specific changes she would like to consider and bring them up at a February goal-setting meeting.