It fell to City Solicitor Beth Rennard to point out the ethical pitfalls everyone else could see from a mile away.
Councilors can’t vote for something that would give them an “immediate and foreseeable” financial benefit, said Rennard, who consulted with the state’s Ethics Commission.
To put it even more plainly: No, councilors, you cannot vote yourselves a raise.
You shouldn’t need help from the Ethics Commission to figure that out. The council later voted to delay their raises until January of 2016, after the next election. Whether these councilors will be re-elected — or whether they will have earned a raise — has yet to be determined. They are certainly off to a poor start.