As I finished reading the article regarding the approval of Burbank Water and Power Department executives' salary increases ("Water execs get 11% raises," July 10), I felt compelled to write this letter. As a resident of Burbank, I also got a "raise" — my water bill was raised.
I must ask the question to our City Council members who voted in favor of the salary raise: Are you aware that we are in the midst of an economic meltdown, the effects of which will perhaps still be unknown for several more years to come?
As I look around my neighborhood, I see my neighbors — myself included — either having lost employment, or received salary reductions, or no salary increases, and senior citizens on limited income with increasing health-care costs. This, I believe, holds true in almost every neighborhood in Burbank.