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I was taken aback by the Corvallis city manager's comments regarding the recent ratification of the AFSCME union contract.

"I'm pleased that the new contract was ratified," said City Manager Mark Shepard. "This contract maintains generous health benefits and addresses wage increases while ensuring that the city continues to live within its means. This gives the Corvallis community confidence that the city is a good steward of taxpayer funds as we look to the future."

I am not sure the city is living within its means when the manager of this city of around 58,000 people receives a salary that is twice as much as the governor of our state of nearly 4.2 million people. Furthermore, there is the fact that the city has over 30 job classifications making more than our governor does. I also wonder how the Corvallis community can have any confidence that the city is a good steward of taxpayer funds as we look to the future of a third consecutive and largest bond levy on the ballot. Included in that are a bunch of new fees so they can disguise a bigger tax.

It makes me feel like the city has made no progress on the sustainable budget goal identified back when Jon Nelson retired in 2011, at the time of the first levy proposal.

Aaron Amoth

Corvallis (Nov. 1)

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