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Auditor-Controller’s letter

From page A7 | February 08, 2013 | 3 Comments


This is in response to a Letter to the Editor Joe Harn, the Auditor-Controller, wrote on Feb. 2. Mr. Harn’s letter is misleading and does not present all the facts. LAFCO staff have been trying unsuccessfully to meet with Mr. Harn for four months to discuss the CalPERS contract, and only very recently learned of his concerns. The fact is that LAFCO has been operating under the county’s CalPERS contract since 2005, but CalPERS now requires LAFCO to have a separate contract. LAFCO is not allowed to reduce benefits for current employees below the levels in the previous County CalPERS contract. LAFCO intends to reduce benefits for new employees, but cannot do so until we have a CalPERS contract, which CalPERS staff and LAFCO staff have been attempting to finalize. LAFCO’s draft CalPERS contract does allow employees to receive credit for all eligible public service, as do many CalPERS contracts, and LAFCO negotiated for the inclusion of the service credit for veterans. Since the military service credit was inadvertently left out of the draft contract we will ask CalPERS to correct it before the contract is signed.

The bottom line is that LAFCO will save money by having its own CalPERS contract, and will not affect the county’s CalPERS costs. Anyone who is interested can review the official CalPERS actuarial report for the LAFCO contract at and see the numbers for themselves. The new CalPERS contract will save LAFCO over $10,000 of taxpayer money, and that certainly does reflect the values of the community.


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Discussion | 3 comments

  • Jim RiordanFebruary 08, 2013 - 11:32 am

    Oh come on Hose-A, Joe Harn has saved us more money on a consistent basis than Laughco ever will . . On one hand you cost us taxpayers, let's say, several hundred thousand for your "Department of Worthless Services" and you really think we should be happy you saved us ten grand? This BS of one government entity dictating what cannot be reduced is one of the reasons so many taxpaying citizens despise all of you. Business will cut when times are hard because they must. You jokers just hide behind your self-made BS mandates to avoid cuts you should be making. And you really think we are dumb enough to buy that crap? Do us a favor, Just pack up and get out. Now THAT would save us money we could count!

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  • cjFebruary 08, 2013 - 12:40 pm

    Who is Joe Harn? Is he the conservative he seems or is this just a smoke screen? Is he the fiscal manager the Mountain Democrat portrays him to be, or just another elected official feathering his nest? When his two BFF supervisors were termed out and Tahoe's supervisor was leaving for medical reasons, Harn mastered minded (with the help of his BFFs) a 48% wage increase for himself and them. I did not see any letter of indignation on his part of excessive salary increases. It is amazing what you can master-mind in a bar in the afternoon on county time with two friends.

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  • BFFsFebruary 08, 2013 - 2:11 pm

    Sweeney & Knight

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