Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Humboldt BOS vote themselves huge raise again! Highest paid BOS per capita in California! "Let them eat cake!"

Supervisors spread raises around, including to themselves $79,128! Oh, come on now. Doesn’t this raise seem excessive to anyone else? Here is something to remember…….

With Smith’s nomination of Woolley as Chair and Neely as Vice Chair, the Board voted unanimously for its new leadership team for 2006. The vote was similarly lopsided in support of ratifying the previously agreed-to pay raises for Supervisors, whose pay was already set to increase from $60,688.14 to $69,665.48. The Board voted 5-0 for a package to retroactively raise their salary to $71,755.44 as of Nov. 6, with subsequent raises to $72,472.99 on June 4, $73,922.45 on July 8 and $74,661.67 on July 8, 2007. Supervisors also ratified continuing the bonus for any who have served continuously for 20 year………

So from 2005 to now, the BOS is actualizing a raise of nearly $20,000 per year? And Bonnie Neely receives a special bonus because she has served over 22 years as Supervisor? Maybe I am missing something. Maybe Humboldt County is rolling in dough that I don’t know about. How do we compare to other counties of like size? Glad you asked, check this out:

County--------------Supervisors Pay------------County Population

Placer......................$30,000.......................333,401
San Luis Obispo.........$79,014.......................269,337
El Dorado.................$76,876.......................180,000
Shasta.....................$54,600......................182,000
Imperial....................$50,000.....................176,158
Humboldt..................$79,128.......................133,000
Nevada....................$39,500........................99,186
Sutter......................$36,192........................95,878
Tehama....................$19,080........................62,419
Del Norte....................$28,080.......................29,419
Trinity......................$25,008 ......................13,966

Humboldt also leads Tuolumne, San Benito, Yuba, Lake, Madera, Napa…….the list goes on. We have the highest paid County Supervisors of any California counties anywhere near our population size. By an average of over a whooping $30,000 a year!

And for this price we are actualizing for no growth? And our cost of living index in Humboldt County is 14.3% higher than the national average? And we are nearly 1% higher in unemployment rate?

Need I remind everyone of the Tammy Falor $200,000 give away? And just how much did the redevelopment fiasco cost us taxpayers? Oh the millions that are wasted without accountability. And then they vote themselves a raise........good grief!

Addendum: The wage for a BOS member should not exceed double the average median wage for an employee in the district. So, since the average median single wage in Humboldt County is around $26,000, the wage for a Humboldt County Supervisor should be $52,000 a year. If the argument came up that you could not recruit quality people to run for the position at that rate, ask them. I bet all the current supervisors and candidates would willingly do so. They would be making more than their sister counties. Don't shoot me, I am only the messenger!

25 comments:

Andrew Bird said...

Richard, if you had been elected, how would you have voted on this?

samoasoftball said...

Andrew: I would hope I voted no. Or I would have had to blog about myself!

The big question is whether the current board of Supes even realize they are the highest paid for counties with populations under 185,000 in California. And Andrew, not by just a few dollars, we are talking thousands! Huge difference.

Babushka said...

Humboldt is larger in area , more diverse and more factionalized than any of the others. Bigger salaries mean more independence. I'm okay with the raise.

samoasoftball said...

Babushka: You will find many other counties as fractionalized at a much lower cost. Why should our BOS be paid $30,000 more than other comparable counties? Trinity and Shasta counties are pretty big also area wise. And as diverse many will let you know.

This isn't Bonnie, right?

Andrew Bird said...

Johanna Rodoni voted for it, right?

Birdman said...

Sour grapes because you are not one of them?

Anonymous said...

Richard likes cake!

Anonymous said...

I guess the board salaries have been slipping upward for a number of years under the radar. Maybe it's time to put together an initiative to tie the salaries to the single median income of this county. I belive there is at least one other county in California that has the salaries tied to and set in their Charter.

Anonymous said...

Well, Jimmy had Loretta explain why everyone (not quite) should get a raise. This was for "confidential" and "management" and "elected officials". Loretta said they had all gone without raises for "years" and they had promised the employees that "they would take care of them". Jimmy stated how important our employees are that work on the roads. Guess who wasn't included in the raise?? The employees that work on the roads. Loretta said we are far behind other counties in salaries. Just try to pry one of the employees out of their job that got the raise. The Assistant CAO got a 20% raise along with some other designated employees. Go to the BOS site and download the agreement. Attached to it is all the "special" raises for various personnel. They redo the agreements every 3 years and then when the State doesn't give the county as much money as they thought do they take the raises away? No.

samoasoftball said...

9:54am- Interesting. Like I pointed out before, in 2005 the pay for the Supes was around $60,000 and now it is $79,000. Were talking over a 30% raise in 4 years! You know any working class people getting that kind of jump in pay? And those roadworkers without the raise need to get vocal. Why the local media hasn't jumped on this is troubling.

Andrew Bird said...

Richard, did you see the editorial in today's Times-Standard?

samoasoftball said...

Andrew-Yes, that is what I am talking about. A weak rebuke. Why not a full scale journalistic probe on why they are the highest paid by far of comparable counties. A front page story would put pressure on the BOS to reconsider. Sutter County had a 90 minute comment period argument concerning a 4% wage for their BOS and they are paid $36,000?

Anonymous said...

They used to get "bonuses" and the Taxpayers League found out and complained so then they just put those bonuses into the employees salaries that got them. So it used to be under the radar as no one knew about the "bonuses". That was over $800,000 at that time.

Anonymous said...

Placer and Sutter counties are notorious for rampant growth and poorly-paid county supervisors. Ever been to Yuba City? YECH. That's Sutter County. Placer County is the infamous I-80 corrider between Sacramento and Nevada, rampant with growth and population pressures because of poor land use planning by local government.

I'm glad Humboldt County pays a living wage to county supervisors. You yourself can't believe how people make it on a hundred grand...

Babushka said...

I should have included in my comment that I have no problem with the raise for FULL TIME supervisors, not for bananas who think they are going to serve the public out of an Edward Jones office. No, I am not Bonnie nor have I ever met her.

Andrew Bird said...

Richard: Go back and reread the Times-Standard editorial. I think it's stronger than you're giving it credit for.

Shane said...

So... everyone should know, I called the BOS office and was told it's not true and that the Times-Standard messed up on the story. They said that the other county elected officials got raises, but not the Supervisors.

I assume the folks at the county know what they're talking about... hopefully.

Anybody else have any information on this?

Anonymous said...

We now hear that at least 2 supervisors have said they don't want raises and although they actually voted raises for themselves, it will come back to the board to eliminate raises for the supervisors. It sounds like it's a CYA move based on outraged taxpayer responses.

Anonymous said...

Make it a campaign issue. Candidates should pledge to repeal the increase, and in fact, downgrade their salary.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they should pay US for the privilege of listening to wing-nuts all day and facing issues no one else wants.

Andrew Bird said...

Check this morning's T-S. Jessie Faulkner wrote an update.

Anonymous said...

John Woolley didn't know he was voting for a raise for Supervisors?? Elected Officials was part of the wording on the agreement. To me this meant all elected officials. I guess the water just got too hot for some of them after the post re what other BOS earn. Let them eat cake indeed!

Anonymous said...

Richard REALLY likes cake! and pie. and weiners.

samoasoftball said...

8:57am Andrew-Read my update and you will find out why Jessie Faulkner wrote the article.

Anonymous said...

Mark Lovelace, the new 3rd District Supervisor, said he doesn't want the raise. Good for him.