It’s not often that public officials make an argument that they’re paid too much.
Kudos to Jennifer Putman, a member of the Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District Board who contends that the $6,000 annual salary paid to her and two colleagues to attend monthly meetings is too high. Putman is, of course, correct — the $6,000 sum is not just exceedingly generous but grossly excessive compared with the pay appointed members of other municipal and county boards receive.
Frankly, it has long been our view that those who serve on local boards of this nature are volunteers, entitled to nominal compensation at most. A perfect example would be local school boards, whose members seek election to have the opportunity to confront tough issues and occasional public acrimony for zero compensation.