Monday, September 15, 2008

Here comes that raise again! BOS Part 2.

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors are already the highest paid Supervisors by population than any others in the state! By an average of over $30,000 per year!

There should be no confusion this time as the Sups to vote on pay raise that will take them to nearly $90,000 per year by 2010. (Bonnie Neely has a special bonus compensation for years of service that may put her closer to $100,000.)

I feel the pay for the Humboldt County Board of Supers is way out of line. By using the baseline percentage using an ordinance adopted 10 years ago, the pay rate for supervisors is linked to the rate negotiated with AFSCME Local 1684, the county employees' union. In May, the board set the rate for their pay increases when they adopted raises for all county employees. So really, they voted their raise back in May, but now must finalize the agreement.

It is one thing to raise people wages by 6% that work for the county making $30,000 and another getting 6% when you make over $70,000. I hope the Supervisors decide to amend their pay raise to exclude themselves.

County-------Supervisors Pay----CountyPopulation

Placer..........................$30,000...................333,401

San Luis Obispo..........$79,014....................269,337

ElDorado.....................$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 tens of thousands.

Update: Supervisors approve 3 percent salary increase. Rodoni and Smith voted against and say they will refuse the pay raise. The BOS has still set a new benchmark for all other counties of comparable size.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

No wonder you want that job so badly

samoasoftball said...

I tried hard for it when it paid around $40,000. I think the pay should be in the $50,000's.

Anonymous said...

If that is truly what you believe, come to the meeting and speak in oppsition. Having gone on record might do you some good in the next election.

Anonymous said...

Whats the point of going on record when ones own party will stab you in the back? Richard has been and always will be at the back of the line with the HCDCC. 2010 is coming up soon, but you can bet they will throw their support behind someone else. Chances are, it has already been discussed.

samoasoftball said...

11:30am-I was endorsed by the HCDCC for 2 out of 3 elections. They did interview me on the one they didn't. It was bad timing on my part. Gallegos and Dikeman fiasco the same night. Bonnie and Gallegos campaigns were tied together. Too many on the HCDCC had committed early to Bonnie.

Just for the record. I am currently on the HCDCC. I will ask for their endorsement in 2010 if I decide to try again.