PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

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EID employees costs average; EDH Fire very high

By From page A5 | November 14, 2012

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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