Regarding the article about Mayor Ethan Strimling asking for a raise in salary: My opinion, as a longtime resident, would be to not give any extra money at this time.

Strimling’s current salary of $71,100 already exceeds the minimum set forth in the city charter. Strimling also convinced councilors to hire a special assistant to the mayor who was paid $47,387 last year.

Also, the City Council is proposing a hike in our property taxes, and I feel residents are already taxed enough.

Add to this the cost of buying trash bags and the new rainwater runoff bill. I hope the city doesn’t go forward with Strimling’s latest idea.

David Ryder

Portland