The Tribune’s editorial “Public salaries need a review” (Jan. 11) is only the tip of the iceberg.
What about exorbitant benefits, pensions and “departments spend-all?” Granted, the reported city manager salary range of $129,828 to $221,520 per year is a barometer of exuberance. Our county cities enjoy funding tools such as permits, licenses, fines, parking fees, rent and bed taxes to assist in this exorbitant habit. There is little money left, which prompts cities to extend sales taxes for needed projects. Cities claim they cannot find or retain qualified employees. This is rubbish, because there are too many willing to work for money.
New employees must join an existing union in California. Excessive salaries compensate for union dues taken for management and governmental influence. Dues are stored for potential demonstrations, media propaganda, politician infiltration, campaign contributions and litigation.
Here are some tools to improve city budgets. One is an initiative requiring raises on a merit basis instead of contractual. Another is to reject proposed repetitive sales tax increases. Finally, vote for those management candidates willing to live within traditional tax resources.