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EID employees costs average; EDH Fire very high

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From page A5 | November 14, 2012 | 4 Comments

EDITOR:

Greg Prada is again complaining about an EID budget detail — despite EID having cut the costs in question by $846,000 this year. His citation of $127,133 in salary per employee in the 2013 budget is correct, but he neglects to note the cost savings. Also, EID has held cost-of-living increases to only 2 percent while inflation is running around 3 percent.

EID salaries and benefits are not excessive. The Placer County Water Agency, the most directly comparable water supplier in our area, surfaces salaries and benefits combined (not separated), so an apples-to-apples comparison from the 2012 budgets of each agency is this:  EID has an average cost of $123, 313 for salaries plus benefits per employee, PCWA averages $124,628 per employee.

For local comparison, take $210,753 in average salary plus benefits. That’s from the 2012-2013 El Dorado Hills Fire Department budget. Research by recent challengers for Fire Department board seats listed comparisons with 12 other fire departments, showing EDH cost per employee ranging from 17 percent to 51 percent higher than the other agencies.

PAUL RAVELING
El Droado Hills

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  • taxpayerNovember 10, 2012 - 10:06 am

    Mr Raveling, by your chosen criteria EID salaries are not excessive. As you say, what matters is what's being compared. Apples to apples, etc., etc., etc. So you and EID wouldn't find persuasive the fact that a couple months ago the US Census Bureau told us that median HOUSEHOLD incomes stand at $50,054. Perhaps EID employees will manage to scrape by, even though poverty stricken compared to El Dorado Hills Fire Dept. How about them apricots?

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 12, 2012 - 8:17 am

    taxpayer - Are you suggesting that we have our water collected, treated, conveyed and protected by median staff?

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  • taxpayerNovember 12, 2012 - 6:39 pm

    Can't answer the median staff question. But in this day and age many well qualified people would jump at the chance to earn EID's non-median salaries. So we're back to the standard of comparison question. Employees everywhere, given the chance, will push for the highest possible salaries. What can EID and El Dorado ratepayers afford? And, down the line, at what ultimate cost?

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 12, 2012 - 7:22 pm

    taxpayer - EID or for that matter no water agency in California can employ distribution or treatment staff who are not certified - In other words, "walk ons" are not allowed. CERTIFICATION IS REQUIRED. LINK - Drinking Water Treatment & Distribution System Operators

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