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Council pay raise proves to be contentious issue

Coun. Donovan Cavers found himself in the middle of a Twitter battle of words this week following his agreement to a pay raise.
June 13, 2013 - 4:44 PM

KAMLOOPS - A decision by council Tuesday afternoon to give themselves a small raise and form a committee to look at possible increases in the future brought about high tensions on Twitter this week.

Coun. Arjun Singh wanted to see the 90 minute conversation halted Tuesday afternoon, concerned his fellow councillors were getting to the point where things may be said they would later regret. Though they did not agree with his suggestion to table the motion, council split the vote five to four a short while later, ending the debate for the time being.

With councillors Singh, Nancy Bepple, Nelly Dever, Tina Lange and Donovan Cavers agreeing to an interim pay raise of about $1,200 and the forming of a task force to look at salaries the matter was closed for the day. Mayor Peter Milobar and councillors Ken Christian, Marg Spina and Pat Wallace refused to support any type of pay raise.

Following the meeting tempers flared on Twitter. Here is a sample of what was said before Milobar stepped in asking for everyone involved to stop the conversation "so Kamloops doesn't start to be like Toronto."

To contact a reporter for this story, email jstahn@infotelnews.ca, call (250)819-3723 or tweet @JennStahn.

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