City of Columbia Salaries

City of Columbia Salaries

There are 39 comments on the WLTX Columbia story from Mar 19, 2008, titled City of Columbia Salaries. In it, WLTX Columbia reports that:

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Jank

Summerville, SC

#1 Mar 19, 2008
Whats the big deal, 50 thousand is not a lot of money these days, this is not the 70's. If you do a job description comparison, you will find out that these positions are still underpaid. That is why there is still a lot of city professionals leaving for the same job somewhere else that pays more....
Tam Tam

Little River, SC

#2 Mar 19, 2008
Why do we not give police raises? Probably because we have $437,000 a year going to city manager and his two secretaries. NO THIS IS NTO APRIL FOOLS... no just Nightmare on Main St
VALERIE SMITH CITY MANAGER OFFICE MANAGER/EXEC ASST $75,000.00
TERESA FLORENCE CITY MANAGER EXECUTIVE ASST/T/CM-D/O/GOV AF $101,000.00
CHARLES AUSTIN CITY MANAGER CITY MANAGER $161,138.64
Time for Change

Rock Hill, SC

#3 Mar 19, 2008
Jank wrote:
Whats the big deal, 50 thousand is not a lot of money these days, this is not the 70's. If you do a job description comparison, you will find out that these positions are still underpaid. That is why there is still a lot of city professionals leaving for the same job somewhere else that pays more....
These salaries listed are way out of line for the job titles. A city the size of Columbia does not require half a million dollars to operate, especially the way this one is operated. Just a waste of taxpayers money!!!
City Worker

Columbia, SC

#4 Mar 20, 2008
Now you can see while 85% of city workers are under paid.
Time for Change

Rock Hill, SC

#5 Mar 20, 2008
City Worker wrote:
Now you can see while 85% of city workers are under paid.
I agree and am glad this information is finally available to the voters. I still think it would be worth the investment to have an accounting firm to evaluate where the spending is out of line and possible abuse of funds. If the city can afford salaries like this then it should not be difficult to afford an Accounting Firm. You have to wonder with all the other emphasis on different areas, what is being undisclosed? I think citizens might be surprised where this money is going and it is probably not just on salaries.
drunkbynoon

Eastover, SC

#6 Mar 20, 2008
I SAY "MORE POWER TO THEM". YA'LL WOULDN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY IF YA'LL HAD THOSE JOBS.....
CITY WORKER

Columbia, SC

#7 Mar 20, 2008
THIS IS WHY THEY TRY TO TAKE OUR COST OF LIVING RAISE. AND THE RAISE IS NEXT TO NOTHING. ALSO WE CAN'T GET MORE THAN 2 PERCENT ON OUR EVALUATIONS. AND WHERE DO THEY GET OFF THINKING THAT WE NEED FOUR ASSISTAND CITY MANAGERS? MAINTENANCE WORKERS ARE THE PEOPLE THAT REALLY KEEP THE CITY RUNNING. AND THEY DON'T MAKE ENOUGH. AND WHO IS THERE TO STAND UP FOR US. NOT THE ONES THAT'S MAKING THE BIG BUCKS!!
CITY WORKER

Columbia, SC

#8 Mar 20, 2008
drunkbynoon wrote:
I SAY "MORE POWER TO THEM". YA'LL WOULDN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY IF YA'LL HAD THOSE JOBS.....
GET REAL SUCKER!!
Cannot believe this

Columbia, SC

#9 Mar 20, 2008
Man, the people that work for the City of Columbia have it made--that is the big wigs at the top!
Former City Worker

Camden, SC

#10 Mar 20, 2008
Amazing - time for City Manager Austin to do a reality check on what the actual jobs of the people are in the City. I know some of these people and what they do/don't do. Some salaries are in check and some are not. And take the municipal court - who haven't had evaluations/raises in 5 years....when will City Council wake up and investigate these salaries and practices? City employees are too scared to stand up for fear of retaliation. No amount of complaints, etc., will come of anything. Austin will not take a stand, City Council will follow his lead and it's a never ending cycle. Better yet, why doesn't the media investigate?
PPLEASSE

West Columbia, SC

#11 Mar 20, 2008
drunkbynoon wrote:
I SAY "MORE POWER TO THEM". YA'LL WOULDN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY IF YA'LL HAD THOSE JOBS.....
I most certainly wouldn't have one word to say...if I was making that can of money. You are exactly right.
Time for Change

Rock Hill, SC

#12 Mar 20, 2008
Former City Worker wrote:
Amazing - time for City Manager Austin to do a reality check on what the actual jobs of the people are in the City. I know some of these people and what they do/don't do. Some salaries are in check and some are not. And take the municipal court - who haven't had evaluations/raises in 5 years....when will City Council wake up and investigate these salaries and practices? City employees are too scared to stand up for fear of retaliation. No amount of complaints, etc., will come of anything. Austin will not take a stand, City Council will follow his lead and it's a never ending cycle. Better yet, why doesn't the media investigate?
I can tell you, someone is watching.
drunkbynoon

Eastover, SC

#13 Mar 21, 2008
Jank wrote:
Whats the big deal, 50 thousand is not a lot of money these days, this is not the 70's. If you do a job description comparison, you will find out that these positions are still underpaid. That is why there is still a lot of city professionals leaving for the same job somewhere else that pays more....
jank off....50,000 per year is alot of money if you know how to live within your means. NO $200,000 home, NO $45,000 truck. a man that lives a simple life can live pretty damn good on 50K. but your probably just one of the "keep up with the jones" kind of fellow.
Aware

Walterboro, SC

#14 Mar 21, 2008
Jank wrote:
Whats the big deal, 50 thousand is not a lot of money these days, this is not the 70's. If you do a job description comparison, you will find out that these positions are still underpaid. That is why there is still a lot of city professionals leaving for the same job somewhere else that pays more....
As a New York native, I had to laugh at what people down here consider high pay. The taxes in New York are sky high to pay for teachers who make upwards of $85,000 yearly, plus benefits and sanitation workers who, when we left NY ten years ago were earning $60,000 per year, plus benefits. Not bad for emptying garbage cans!
Time for Change

Rock Hill, SC

#15 Mar 21, 2008
Aware wrote:
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As a New York native, I had to laugh at what people down here consider high pay. The taxes in New York are sky high to pay for teachers who make upwards of $85,000 yearly, plus benefits and sanitation workers who, when we left NY ten years ago were earning $60,000 per year, plus benefits. Not bad for emptying garbage cans!
The cost of living is much higher in NY and salaries would match that standard.
Taxpayer

Irmo, SC

#16 Mar 21, 2008
How can a secretary get over $100K a year?? There is money in typing and using a computer. Oh well, just raise the water rates and give them ALL another raise. Who cares anyway? A few deserve what they make and many do deserve a raise compared to their idiot supervisors making over $100 thousand a year.
Time for Change

Rock Hill, SC

#17 Mar 21, 2008
Taxpayer wrote:
How can a secretary get over $100K a year?? There is money in typing and using a computer. Oh well, just raise the water rates and give them ALL another raise. Who cares anyway? A few deserve what they make and many do deserve a raise compared to their idiot supervisors making over $100 thousand a year.
YOU should care, you are paying these offensive salaries, while the people who are actually performing much needed services can barely get a raise.
tax revolt

Maxton, NC

#18 Mar 21, 2008
WHY no wonder out taxes are so high.
lorenz

Myrtle Beach, SC

#19 Mar 21, 2008
man
Joe Rosen

AOL

#20 Mar 21, 2008
Kind of sad--the most important people are the Police and the City does not pay them enough to keep them, they leave and go to other departments.

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