The pay isn’t much but the sense of civic accomplishment can be great indeed.
We’re talking about serving on the Baker City Council. But apparently hardly anyone else is doing the same.
The deadline for qualified residents to file as a candidate is barely a month away — Aug. 28. The first day to file was May 30, but as of today just two people — incumbents Adam Nilsson and James Thomas — had even picked up signature petitions (to qualify, candidates must be registered voters who have lived within the city limits since Nov. 6, 2017, and they must receive a petition from City Hall and collect signatures from at least 40 people who are qualified to vote in city elections).
Four of the seven positions on the City Council are up for election on Nov. 6. The top three vote-getters will be elected to four-year terms, and the fourth will serve a two-year term.
The next few years are apt to pose significant challenges at City Hall, and we’d like to see a large slate of candidates on the ballot of voters to choose from.
With the city’s bill rising for Oregon’s Public Employees Retirement System, and statutory limits on increases in property taxes, the City Council might need to make difficult budget choices.
Yes, the job pays just $10 per meeting, with a yearly limit of $150 per councilor.
But if you’ve ever been dissatisfied with something the city’s done, or simply wanted to burnish your public service credentials, this is a great opportunity.
From the Baker City Herald editorial board. The board consists of editor Jayson Jacoby and reporter Chris Collins.