The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

The Rave

September 30, 2013

Bridy: More than enough work moving county foward

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With a median household income of slightly over $37,000 why should your elected officials earn over 2 times that amount with benefits? They should not.

Each of these cost cutting measures and tax increases have severe detrimental impacts on our residents, employees and elected officials lives.

With that said it is hypocritical of us as elected officials to continue on with full salary and benefits as well as a pension.  Some of these pensions, due to the bloated salaries, after a few terms many elected officials are walking away with exorbitant pensions, in some cases as high as $3,000-$4,000 per month.

How many private sector workers have a pension available to you?

Is it fair that in order to attract quality jobs, for us to rebate the county portion of real estate taxes to businesses that create jobs and then raise our residents’ taxes? With the passage of my Business Incentive Grant Program my intention was always to pay for it out of elected officials salaries and benefits, not out of your pocket. 

If you are to review the job description of many of the row officers you would see that many of these positions are the equivalent to that of a head teller at your local bank.  Do you realize that the average head teller earns $27,000 with no pension and must contribute over $8,000 toward their family health care plan with larger deductibles and co-pays than the elected officials and county employees enjoy. 

I contend that if we truly wanted to see change that every elected official should earn less than the median income of their region and peg their compensation to the median income of their constituents. I assert we would see major economic expansion and a real rise in the middle class wage.

Unlike what we have been witnessing over the past 20 years. 

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