Ben Johnson

Bourn announces donation of raise back to Park Board in staff-wide email, upsetting other commissioners


Commissioner Brad Bourn (District 6) was uncomfortable with the process Park Board commissioners used to give themselves a raise, so he announced in a staff-wide email that he will be donating his $883 pay increase back to the Park Board.

Commissioners decided to give themselves an 8 percent raise — their first raise since 2006 and less than the City Council, the mayor or the average pay increase full-time Park Board employees received in the same timeframe — on Dec. 18, which was the last Park Board meeting of the commissioners’ four-year term. 


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