What prompted pay freezes?

April 5, 2014 

The St. Clair County Board's decision to freeze elected officials' salaries was a pleasant surprise, but you have to wonder what prompted that action.

Is the board going to put another jail tax referendum on the ballot, and figures the freeze might curry favor with the voters? Is this to make up for wasting money planning a high-speed rail station on specs? Or all the red ink that continues to flow at MidAmerica Airport? Or maybe there something the public doesn't even know about yet.

Whatever the reason, you can bet there's more to it than a desire to save the taxpayers money because that's not been the pattern.

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