I was dismayed to read about the Cannon Beach budget plans (“Cannon Beach boosts budget by a third,” The Daily Astorian, May 6). Acquiring property in the tsunami inundation zone sounds like a horrible idea.

The idea that “as you enter town we want something we can be very proud of” indicates that there will be a massive building project ahead, with associated tax increases. If the city truly wants to beautify, I would suggest spending the money on underground utilities, better maintaining landscaping in parking areas and paving streets.

Also interesting was money budgeted for a “salary survey.” Will the taxpayers ever see the results, or will it be like the last expensive survey?

Since this type of survey is commonly used to justify salary increases, if the results show employees are overpaid, will it quietly be filed away? How about some transparency here?

Philip Hall

Cannon Beach

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