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Did board vote itself into working for free?

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What a difference a couple of words can make.

Without them, a recent regional board wage-freeze motion means Cowichan Valley Regional District managers won't be paid at all this year.

But don't expect those brass hats with caps in hand at valley food banks anytime soon.

Shawnigan Lake Director Bruce Fraser dismissed resident Larry Anderson's qualms with Nov. 13 motion stating "there be no remuneration or general wage increase in 2014 for directors, chief administrative officer, and general managers ..."

"That's silly hair splitting " Fraser said of the adopted gaffe-containing motion, taken verbatim by Anderson.

"Obviously, no one intended that (payless personnel).

"The intention is not to increase funding to those two categories (elected directors, senior staffers) of expenditures."

The motion also orders a compensation review standing committee to probe CVRD's upper-level compensation.

Anderson's letter to the News Leader Pictorial notes he checked the motion through the province and its Local Government Act, and "they concur with our reading of the motion."

Anderson's basically frustrated with what he saw as the CVRD's slip-shod bylaw writing.

"We taxpayers want our money paid back now — we are totally fed up with this incessant practice of ignoring us, writing sloppy regulations and bylaws, and just treating us like limitless ATMs."

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