The Johnson County Compensation Board last night recommended that the county's elected officials receive a 3 percent pay raise for fiscal year 2010.
If you'll recall, Supervisors fattened up their budget for fiscal 2009 by more than 13% over the previous year, escalating up to approximately $75 million from about $64 million. Part of that increase included 3.5% pay raises for the likes of Supervisor Rod 'Blago' Sullivan and Auditor Tom 'Hickup' Slockett.
The vote for this proposed raise was 4-2 in favor of the raise.
Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek wants a pay raise so he can be the fifth highest paid Sheriff in the state...... That's his argument, I work in the fifth highest populated county, so then I should be the fifth highest paid Sheriff in the state...... Pay based on population, as opposed to merit.
Voting in favor of the raise were Compensation Board members Bill Kapp, Hyman Joseph, Joe Moreland, and Janelle Rettig.
Janelle Rettig if you'll recall, was a co-chair for the vote yes loons on the Conservation Bond issue. One might ask if there is a little quid pro quo going on here, *thanking* Supervisors Sullivan, Neuzil, and Stutsman for pushing the Conservation Bond issue.
A big thanks goes out to Compensation Board members David Steen and Laura Hahn who voted against the raise.
If you would like to inquire with Janelle Rettig on how she can justify her approval of pay raises in government, when the county Supervisors are most likely facing deficit spending, considering additional taxation because they can't budget properly - while people in the real world are making tough decisions and getting laid off...
She can be emailed at:
You may also want to consider taking the time to contact the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, who will give the final vote yes or no on this pay raise. Just copy and paste the following letter, (add your own comments if you like) and then click the links to Supervisor email addresses listed below:
Given these sour economic times, the wisdom of authorizing a pay raise for elected officials such as yourself, needs to be questioned.
To borrow from a friend who has done some professional level research on this:
In Iowa , State government workers make $1,051 per week, on average.
Private sector worker/owners, in contrast, make an average of only $702 per week, or over $300 less.
The average Federal worker in Iowa makes $1,025, or about $25 per week less than State employees, but still $275 more than the private sector.
Did you realize that?
So at over $49,000 annually, you make more in an official part time role, than your full time counterpart in the private sector.
When Johnson County residents are facing layoffs, reduced hours, reductions in pay, etc., you need to lead by example. County government needs to cut back, not grow.
I strongly urge you to vote no on the pay raise.