While the City is paying consultants, lawyers and seemingly anyone else who walks through the door it is time to reconsider the role of those who serve on important boards like the Civil Service Commission, the Planning Board, and the Assessment Board of Review.
These are increasingly time consuming and in some cases contentious positions. I know from my years at City Hall the policy of not paying these folks is faulty, especially since they do their work in a room where everyone else has the meter running.
The Civil Service Commission deals with some prickly issues, especially of late.
These board members should get a per diem based on attendance. I know everyone talks about everyone working for free, but it's only for those too timid or well mannered not to expect some compensation.
There clearly are panels like the Ethics Board that are honorary and a public service but the three I mentioned deserve better treatment.
We are too afraid to say work has value and too cowed by the media who run the easy to report stories.