Warren City Council should not repeal an ordinance that prevents members from discussing pay raises for elected officials after the primary.
Elected officials should not be permitted to give themselves raises after winning their seats. They should only be permitted to approve raises that kick in during the next term, giving voters an opportunity to vote them out of office.
Since it is extremely rare for a Republican or independent to run against the winners of Warren's Democratic primary, if council discusses a pay raise that would start in January they would be giving themselves a raise.
In Warren, the matter of a council raise should not be discussed until the legislative body repeals an egregious clause that it voted to accept in the last firefighters employee contract. That ''me-too'' clause that City Council approved gives firefighters an equal percentage pay raise as council members.
The subject of raises surfaced when Councilman Vince Flask said he wants a 17 percent pay hike so that council members would earn the minimum amount necessary to be eligible for health care after retirement. That would trigger a 17 percent increase for firefighters and most likely equal treatment for every other city employee.
Flask's proposal would cost millions upon millions of dollars, result in massive layoffs, crippling of city services and a potential Detroit-like bankruptcy. Any further talk of the matter should end now.