Please tell me we can get 'Remember the Pay Raise' bumper stickers!
Look at the letter from Barrar.
This is chicken feed. The city manager in our town earned over $322,000 in direct cash salary plus benefits in 2004. We live in a city with a population of 19,000
How was Jerry Hanson able to get a $322,809 contract from a city with a median income of $29,500 that was mired in a $10.8 million bankruptcy?
The answer: He wrote his own contract, and City Council approved it by a 4-1 vote - against the advice of the city's attorney at the time.
According to information gathered Friday by The Desert Sun from the former city attorney, the current city manager and Gary Bosworth, the only council member who voted against Hanson's initial March 2003 city manager contract, Hanson made revisions to the contract himself.
And a council majority approved it, despite the city's top lawyer saying it should be rejected because it was too lucrative and not a good deal for taxpayers.
It's the latest twist in the story that surfaced in March when city officials confirmed the $322,809 figure after Hanson's W2 was leaked to reporters.
Those billboards are great!
The billboards are great! This is an outrage. To me, this is the same as any group of employees getting into their company's payroll records and just giving themselves a raise and then seeing if their employers' 'catch' the added costs. They did this in the middle of the night, with the support of the judicial branch (nice raises for all of the judges too) and all under the blessing of the ever backpeddling Fast Eddie Rendell. I hope the big story is that every incumbent, for the next several years, gets voted out of the state house and senate. How about these guys having to pay for their vehicles, contribute to the medical coverage, and be at the mercy of their employers for merit raises. Welcome to the real world!