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Op-ed: Percentage pay increases are breaking the taxpayers! (by Otis Lewis)


This news story was published on December 21, 2011.
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Percentage pay raises are why taxes are so high.

It’s time the Cerro Gordo County Compensation board gets their act together. Percentage pay increases have got to be eliminated. Specific dollar amounts have to be the standard for pay increases.

In many cases public employees are now paid at a greater rate than private employees.

More importantly, percentage pay increases for Government/Public employees is the reason wages for those who are working for us in Government have become greater then the taxpayers paying their wages from the private sector. It never used to be that way and the reason is percentage pay increases. Private vs. Public pay scales have now been reversed thanks to the percentage pay increase.

Also the pay scales for Government Employees have become bloated at the top compared to the guy down at the bottom. Compare the wages of the Board of Supervisors, Treasure, Recorder, and Auditor to the Janitors and secretarial staff and you will really see how far out of balance they have become. I don’t have the figures in front of me but compare them from 20 years ago to today, and you will see a huge difference.

If it takes a law to change how public employees compensation is computed, then let’s create the law and get in on the books. Governmental Employee’s wages have become bloated compared to the Private Sector wages of the taxpayers paying them.

Tax burdens have become so great that we are getting to the point where we can’t afford you!

Otis Lewis

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3 Responses to Op-ed: Percentage pay increases are breaking the taxpayers! (by Otis Lewis)

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    Echo Reply Report comment

    December 23, 2011 at 10:25 am

    An 2% wage increase for a 20 dollar /hour employee is only 40cents hour increase not that much. I do agree a percentage across the board increase is easier on management who do not want to explain to a person why they are not deserving of a wage increase. But it does solve the problem of the person who kiss’s butt the best getting the best pay increase.

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    TheRealFred Reply Report comment

    December 22, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Where I work in MC, our wages have been frozen for the last 2 years. Get a laugh out of seniors who complain “I’m on a fixed income!” Well, join the club.
    Makes me sick to my stomach when government employees are raking in raises in this economy.

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    Larry Reply Report comment

    December 22, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I agree with your statements. I have always had a problem with percentage wage increases as they are the lazy way out used by managers who use it for an excuse not to give deserving people their increases. Percentage always benefits the higher paid employee at the expense of the lower paid employee. A 2% increse of a $20.00 p/hour employee is much more tha a 2% increse for a $10.00 employee. The one who always gets shortchanged is the one who needs the money the worse, the lower paid employee.