Except that the commissioners aren’t begging…just taking…
Check out the article that ran in the Durand Independent this weekend. What you’ll see are two career politicians trying to keep their welfare checks:
Let’s look at a few quotes in the article:
Commissioner Aue says the following:
I don’t understand how part-time employees deserve full-time benefits
We are public servants. I think this is a good faith effort to show the community that we are willing to share in the sacrifices to move forward”
Thank you commissioner Aue! This is EXACTLY correct. Folks-this is one of the four commissioners who are working to fix this mess. The others are Holzhausen, Root, and Schneider.
Now, let’s look at a quote from commissioner Plowman:
Though people consider this to be a part time job, this job is every day
I think elected official works better.
Commissioner Plowman. On behalf of the people of Shiawassee county I would have to ask you, as an elected official what makes you feel that you are entitled to ANYTHING? If that’s why you’re running for office, and I think we all suspect that it is, then you’re in it for the wrong reasons!
As as citizen/taxpayer of Shiawassee County, do you know what I feel entitled to? PUBLIC SAFETY! Yet you’ve chosen to prioritize your pension and healthcare over that fundamental government obligation. That is inexcusable.
The best thing that you could do at this point is to make this as part time of a position as possible. Stop interfering with those who are trying to fix this county!
Moving on to former commissioner Bob McLaren’s comment:
During citizens comments, a past county commissioner, Bob McLaren of Shiawassee Township, strongly disagreed with the move, saying elimination of the commissioners from the county pension program as of 2017, will save the county about $100 a month.
Here’s what the 2015 approved budget (page 21) has to say about that:
Let’s see here. $3033 / 12 months in a year = $253/month.
So Mr. McLaren’s number was only off by 253%. On the bright side at least we weren’t relying on him for anything important in 2014-like approving our county budget! Mr. McLaren voted to eliminate our road patrol along with Plowman, Bartz, Nordbeck, and Horvath.
This is exactly the type of misinformation that the people of Shiawassee County received in 2014. It will happen no more. Every time that you lie, I will be here to correct it. Even better yet, when election time rolls around I will be here to make sure that you face each one of those lies.
Mr. McLaren let me tell you that it is completely obvious to everyone reading this article that you are trying to preserve this entitlement in the hopes that you will be collect it after next election. Good luck with that!
While we’re on the topic of “it’s just $100/month”, let me ask the following: “When a county can’t manage to put cops on the road unlike almost every other county in the state, is $100/month too much?” I would say yes! Every dime that this county can muster should be saved to get cops back on the road! How many “just a $100/months” are tucked into our current budget? It seems that Montcalm County can run public safety and courts for 2.6 million dollars less per year that we can. The big difference-they actually have a road patrol!
Since we’re on the topic of numbers, let’s dig a bit deeper the commissioners pay and benefits:
According to the 2015 budget Health, Dental, and Vision insurance costs the citizens of this county $40583/year, or $3381/month! (There’s a half of cop!)
According to the 2015 budget Commissioner Pay, including Per Diem, Other Meeting, Base Pay, and Social Security consume $60,096/year, or $5008/month!
All told the total amount of money spent on commissioners adds up to $112,358 per year! That’s a little more than $16,000/commissioner…all for a part time job. Time for that to change.
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