Haphazard giveaway

By From page A4 | December 05, 2012

Although it seems like a worthwhile endeavor to have one manager coordinating traffic impact studies with county planning, using this to hand out handsome raises to the favored few is counterproductive to achieving this goal.

We’ll also agree that consolidating accounting services for Transportation, Community Development and Environmental Management is a worthwhile goal. But, as pointed out in a letter by the Auditor-Controller Joe Harn, the pay scale outlined for these departments/divisions is excessive. It is higher than the chief assistant auditor-controller and higher than the chief administrative officer’s chief budget officer.

We received late notification of these factors, including 5 percent raises for the assistant CAO and the director of Health and Human Services. The items along with the reorganization was on the agenda for the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

If the board should happen to delay action for another week it could examine some of the issues raised by the auditor. Most county administrators’ expertise is in administration, not accounting and double-entry bookkeeping, let alone auditing. We suggest consulting with the county’s chief accountant, the auditor-controller, before setting in stone the job description and pay scale for the head bookkeeper for three development divisions.

We also hope the board awaits the outcome of negotiations with the employees association before the end of the fiscal year. The county has a budget surplus. Spend it in a planned way. Don’t fritter it away one CAO’s buddy at a time.

Mountain Democrat

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