Tuesday, August 08, 2006

County supes consider raisesSalary boosts would cost more than $1 million (Inland Valley Daily Bulletin 08052006)

The County Home Sales are dropping, and 68.3% of the Home loans in the county are having to be repossessed, because the persons that have purchased those homes cannot afford the payment after all!! Does this look like the climate that is good to be deciding to make a double digit Raise for one self?

I might be just stupid looking at this report, but the other news in the county is just what I reported. A 68.3 Recall on the Home Loans in the San Bernardino County Alone, that is not any other County or the State, that is just San Bernardino, I don't think that a double digit Raise, that will Boost a cost of over a $1 Million would be a great decision by the County Supervisors, especially since they have been working on giving out money like it was candy.

The County has donated Almost $350.000.00 to the fixing up of the Center Median of Riverside Avenue to assist and get the El Rancho Verde Country Club Median District. all set up and running. They are going to get that up and running, as to keep the cost down to the home owner. It would have ultimately cost a whole lot more for the people that live in that district to get the project under way. Almost $1100.00 dollars for the first year, then the second year it would go down some and by the time it was all settled and paid down it would be approximately $120.00 a year on top of the property Tax to take care of the expense of up keep, with a 1 to 1.5% increase each year.

They just gave almost a Half Million for another project that was to help some other people I believe it was in Highland or Yucaipa, I am not sure, but it was a good project, it just is a lot of money. I guess with the money that they have been pretty liberal with spending that it would be okay to give themselves a raise, well I say NO!! NO!! NO!!! NO!!!

They knew it was a Thankless Payless job when they were putting in their paperwork to get Elected to that position of County Supervisor of the Biggest Largest County in all the United States of America!! They knew that they were putting in not for the money but for the prestige of being the leader of the largest, Most Fastest growing County in all of Southern California.

Now that the County of San Bernardino might be looking to head for a shortage of money coming it is not time to put in votes for a Raise to elected Officials!! It is not fair to those that are working for you, on that San Bernardino County Wage, and those are the ones that deserve the raises Not the Elected Official, sorry!! I cannot comply to an elected Official getting any more money!!!

BS Ranch!!

Article Launched: 8/05/2006 12:00 AM

County supes consider raisesSalary boosts would cost more than $1 million

Jeff Horwitz, Staff Writer
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

San Bernardino County supervisors are considering double-digit raises for their right hand men for the second year in a row.

The move comes on the heels of the board's decision this week that their own salaries could use some polishing.

On Tuesday, county supervisors approved an amendment to the county's charter which would boost their salary to around 85 percent of a Superior Court judge's, give the chairman of the board an additional 7.5 percent raise, and impose a three-term limit on supervisors. Voters will decide whether to approve those changes in November.

The raises for chiefs of staff would be a part of an overall shuffling of employment classifications and salary adjustments, said Andrew Lamberto, the county's director of human resources.

More than 20 other types of county positions would also receive salary boosts, costing the county $1,010,000. If county officials do not address the proposal at Tuesday's board meeting, he said, the adjustments may later be included in the county's overall budget.

In August 2005, the board approved another batch of raises for the chiefs, lifting the minimum annual salary from $70,408 to $90,979. The current proposal would set a $100,318 minimum for the job with $128,461 maximum. If the board approves it, the chiefs' minimum salaries will have risen by at least 40 percent in just over a year.

San Bernardino County concluded that the pay should be improved after looking to six counties it uses as a salary barometer. Even after the increases, the county's second in command will lag behind two coastal counties, Orange and San Diego.

Not all supervisors are convinced another raise is in order. While the 3rd District's Dennis Hansberger says he'd "like to treat them very well," the county has to consider whether it's setting a good example for lower-level employees.

"A strong argument needs to be made why," Hansberger said. "Do I think this is the biggest deal in the world? I don't. But I don't want to give a message that is not equal and equitable."

Lamberto said the raise was justified in comparison to six other counties which San Bernardino County uses as a salary barometer. While Lamberto said he could not make the county's statistics available, San Bernardino County currently falls in the middle, he said.

Within the Inland Empire, San Bernardino County's chiefs will top their neighbors. The same job starts at a little more than $82,000 in Riverside County and does not come with as many benefits as the county's chiefs get.

The difficulty of the job also merits the pay, Lamberto said. Though chiefs of staff earn less than the second in command for many county departments, Lamberto said, "There's no blueprint for that job. They have to know county departments inside and out."

Given the importance of the position, Lamberto said, it is important to keep wages competitive.

"When times are good in the public sector, there's a feeding frenzy for staff," Lamberto said. "It is the CAO's desire to keep the cream of the crop here."

Uffer agreed with Lamberto's assessment of the chiefs' work. "You get what you pay for. These guys work very hard, and very long hours," he said. What the appropriate compensation for that work is is best left to the board, Uffer said.

"It's their side of the house."

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