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Take notice of county employee salaries, Watts says

(Submitted to NorthIowaToday.com by Chris Watts)

I found it very interesting again reviewing the published Cerro Gordo County salaries. If you have not read them, they were in Wednesday’s paper. Sports section-page B7.

I then went online and reviewed the comments on the article. They are available online now-probably in tomorrow’s paper. Authored by John Skipper. Talking about the salaries over $70,000.00.

While this seems high to many, I’d like to throw my own two cents in. Having been more active the past few years in the County, I have to say there are many that earn every penny.

But, as many of you know, I can’t believe the taxpayers don’t speak out on what our Supervisor’s get paid.

Robert Amosson–$46,555.74
Phil Dougherty—-$47,969.34
Jay Urdahl———$44,736.74

That’s $139,261.82 for ONE YEAR on these three Supervisor’s.

I question why John Skipper has never written about that!!

As was discovered in the Globe Gazette’s candidate debate when I ran against Phil, Phil was quoted as saying the average week was 30-32 hours. Do the math people.

A part time job with full time salaries.

Plus benefits

Plus mileage

Plus IPERS–Iowa Public Employee’s Retirement System

No problem with the other County employee’s. There were a few that are actually paid less than the Supervisor’s and put in a 40 hour week. There was one deputy sheriff that puts their life on the line, works the week and gets almost the same as the Supervisor’s. Now that’s a crime folks.

There were a few “workers” that make less than the Supervisor’s.

One of the six charges of our County Supervisor’s is Economic Development. Have you seen this in Cerro Gordo County? In the past twenty years have we gone forward or backwards? Does this trend tell you maybe it’s time to put their feet to the fire?

The six charges are spelled out in the “Understanding County Government” brochere available on the County Auditor’s counter.

Take notice people. The politics are hand shaking and smiles. I say it’s time to get the hands working instead of shaking!||

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