The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 5, 2013

Today's Rave: Northumberland County salaries

By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item

— SUNBURY — Northumberland County on Wednesday night became the first county in Pennsylvania to slash row officers’ salaries — in some cases up to 48 percent — while job holder after job holder against the move pleaded to no avail with commissioners.

Additionally, row officers and commissioners will begin to pay 50 percent of their salaries toward medical benefits. Those leaders claiming three dependents will contribute up to $10,500 annually in premiums alone.

As expected, there has been a lot of local reaction on our social media sites:

“Commissioners will take a pay cut in 2016, they should take the pay cut retroactive to Jan. 1 of 2013 for coming up with this plan.” – Kristin Atalatavich

“Yes, is rough cut, maybe could have been cut back a bit, but I am sure other places will follow. Now, to those teachers who are on strike in the state, take note.” – Carey F. Hoffman

“Go Vinny, go. You can’t satisfy all the people all the time but evidently you satisfy enough people to stay in office, and that is your thanks for doing and standing up for what’s right.” – David Kling

“Good way to lose the coroner. Good luck attracting anyone else to the job that has any experience. I haven’t lived in the Northumberland County area for some time, but hearing from friends and family who are still there things seem to be spiraling out of control. Were these pay reductions made to reduce the public tax burden, or will the revenue from the pay cuts only be wasted skillfully by government? I hope the pay cuts aren’t coming combined with tax increases.” – Nicole Dorman

“I am extremely suspicious whenever law enforcement salaries or budgets get cut, by dubious people in charge. You get what you pay for, and this guarantees less competent people will end up in those positions eventually.” – Ross Yesman

“We are in a race to the bottom cutting the workers share of the pie until we can compete with wages in Third World countries. At the same time prices are increasing. The future does not look so hot right now.” – Mike Johnston

“This is just so wrong! How can you cut someone’s salary by almost 50 percent and expect them to be able survive on that. I am so sick of the people in charge thinking we should be grateful for every little crumb they throw us. They are more concerned about balancing the books and looking like the saviors of Northumberland County than about the people. It’s nice they want to lower taxes, but not at the expense of the people who serve the county.” – Lynn Davies Snyder