Wednesday, July 30, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Gold-plated pensions

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From page A5 | August 28, 2013 |

EDITOR:

Tuesday night the city is planning to pay a police officer’s pension forward for two years. The practice is known as buying “airtime,” so that the police officer, Michael Scott, can retire with a 30-year pension at 75 percent and Mr. Scott is also claiming a disability pension to boot. What disability does Mr. Scott have? Was he shot in the line of duty? Did he fall off of a building? Is he paralyzed?

The Placerville City Council needs to wake up and face reality as the city of Placerville is broke. When you have to inflate your sewer fees and charge an inequitable rate structure to inflate the costs so that you can expense City Hall costs under the Sewer Plant, something is wrong.

Yet the city continues to pay exorbitant public safety salaries and pensions along with $160,000 a year plus benefits for a city manager and $120,000 a year for a community development director for a four-day work week in a town where very little development is going on. Pretty good if you can get it.

That aside, the city is handing out far too much of its budget for overpaid public safety personnel, i.e., fire and police service.

I have no problem with Mr. Scott getting the original pension he is entitled to. The issue is the city spending additional money to buy an additional two years of CalPers pension to get Mr. Scott up to 75 percent of his salary when the city piggy bank is broken. Let Mr. Scott pay for his own two years.

These bureaucrats and city council members keep spending on the public credit card like children while they hope to pass another band-aid sales tax increase and sell our town out for a French roundabout or some other SACOG grant money with strings attached. Our streets and infrastructure are in decay and some of it is a result of the Public Works budget being robbed for the police department over the last several decades.

The California Gold-Plated Pension Gravy Train is over. How many cities will have to go bankrupt because of these pensions before other cities change their poor spending ways?

PATRICIA WHITTIER
Placerville

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