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** Employee Cost

From: domainremoved <Steve>
Date: Mon, 19 May 2014 17:59:45 -0700

Dear Ms. Donnelly,

I am a 50 year resident of West Menlo. Over the last several years we have seen an explosion in our costs to fund current and retired City employees. As you are probably aware, a pension and benefit crisis is brewing in our state. What is your position regarding this crisis. As a resident and tax payer, this situation concerns me and my neighbors greatly. The time is now to reform bloated employee pay and pensions.

Compensation gap by state for public, private workers as of 2009 State and local government workers earn more than private-sector workers in 41 states. Average compensation (including salaries and benefits) in 2009 and difference with private-sector workers:

4 California $71,385 +$7,977 http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2011-03-01-1Apublicworkers01_ST_N.htm#table

We need take a good hard look at what we can do to lower our already out of control employee costs. The first step is to take a serious look at the cost savings of using contractors in place of employees. Also, we need to evaluate overtime pay in all departments, especially police. How is overtime controlled? How is overtime budgeted? The city wants to hire an HR Analyst? Isn't that your job? Why do we need a full time employee for this. It can and should be contracted out to a consulting firm.

When was the last time a cost benefit analysis was done to evaluate the use of contractors in lieu of city employees in all departments? When was the last time an analysis was done to bargain away pensions and let city employees (including police) participate in 401k plans like most private sector workers in America.


Steve Prince
Received on Mon May 19 2014 - 17:57:50 PDT

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