Hartmann Aue, the new chairman of the board for Shiawassee County posted this on both his facebook and twitter site:
This week the Board of Commissioners will once again take up the issue of eliminating pensions and healthcare for themselves. Last time this came up, the following commissioners choose greed instead of common sense, voting against it:
- John Plowman
- Jeff Bartz
- John Horvath
These three honestly seem to think that they deserve our money more than we deserve police protection.
In addition former commissioner Bob McLaren came to their defense stating that this would only save about $100/month. He was either WAY off, or lying. You be the judge. Let’s make sure that former commissioner McLaren remains a former commissioner for a long, long time! The free ride is over!
I think my letter to the editor that appeared in the Argus-Press sums it up best:
Last week, commissioners Plowman, Bartz, and Horvath voted
against eliminating their own pensions and healthcare benefits.
Currently these commissioners receive pensions, healthcare,
dental, vision, mileage, and a monthly salary for their part time
jobs. I find it disturbing that the same three commissioners
who voted to eliminate our road patrol because they “couldn’t
afford it” feel entitled to pensions and benefits. The
commissioners health, dental, and vision benefits are budgeted
to cost the taxpayers of this county $40,583 this year. Mr.
Plowman feels that he deserves these benefits because “this job
is every day” and that we should consider him more of an
“elected official” than “part-time”. I would respond to Mr.
Plowman by saying that many citizens in this county work every
day for part time pay and no benefits whatsoever. He deserves
nothing from the people of this county, and should only be in
office because he wants to make Shiawassee County a better
place. Mr. Plowman: As as citizen/taxpayer of Shiawassee
County, do you know what I feel entitled to? PUBLIC SAFETY!
Unfortunately you’ve chosen to prioritize your pension and
healthcare over that fundamental government obligation. That
is inexcusable, and has made it obvious to the voters of this
county that commissioner Plowman, Horvath, and Bartz are not
here for the right reasons. If you would like benefits, please do
the taxpayers of this county a favor and get a real job.