Letter: Public safety pay, benefits a problem

There are 6 comments on the Chico Enterprise-Record story from Feb 4, 2014, titled Letter: Public safety pay, benefits a problem. In it, Chico Enterprise-Record reports that:

At the State of the City address Thursday, Chico's mayor reported the city's financial condition is even worse than previously known.

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Freddy blassy

Chico, CA

#1 Feb 7, 2014
Amen Michael jones, excellent letter and ideas. I fear our council is to scared and beholding to the two public safety unions to do anything though. They lost a great opportunity with fire, we needed more cuts.

We need to gear up for the inevitable tax increase proposals that will be coming.
CookieJar

Redding, CA

#2 Feb 13, 2014
According to a Franchise Tax Board press release based on tax returns, the statewide individual median income was $35,910, For joint returns, the statewide median income was $70,938.

In Butte County, the numbers were $30,673 for individuals and $56,476 on joint returns.
and then some

Lakeport, CA

#3 Feb 14, 2014
retired California government workers
receive pensions in excess of $100,000
from CalPERS

Name Employer Warrant Amount Annual
Alexander, Thomas E City of Chico $8,947.23 $107,366.76
Baptiste, Antoine G City of Chico $10,409.65 $124,915.80
Beardsley, Dennis D City of Chico $8,510.23 $102,122.76
Brown, John S City of Chico $17,210.38 $206,524.56
Carrillo, John A City of Chico $10,398.98 $124,787.76
Davis, Fred City of Chico $12,467.78 $149,613.36
Dunlap, Patricia A City of Chico $10,847.05 $130,164.60
Fell, John G City of Chico $9,209.35 $110,512.20
Frank, David R City of Chico $14,830.05 $177,960.60
Garrison, Frank W City of Chico $8,933.56 $107,202.72
Jack, James F City of Chico $9,095.09 $109,141.08
Lando, Thomas J City of Chico $11,236.48 $134,837.76
Mcenespy, Barbara L City of Chico $12,573.40 $150,880.80
Pierce, Cynthia City of Chico $9,390.30 $112,683.60
Probst, John D City of Chico $8,361.02 $100,332.24
Ross, Earnest C City of Chico $9,496.60 $113,959.20
Sellers, Clifford R City of Chico $9,511.11 $114,133.32
Vonderhaar, John F City of Chico $8,488.07 $101,856.84
Voris, Timothy M City of Chico $8,433.90 $101,206.80
Weber, Michael C City of Chico
http://www.fixpensionsfirst.com/calpers2012/...
Steve

Chico, CA

#4 Feb 18, 2014
80 percent of our salaries and benefits are for police and fire and it's not enough.
In recent days, Chico firefighters have been hitting the streets petitioning business owners and the community to support a nearly $5.3 million SAFER grant from FEMA. If approved by the city, the department could use the two year grant for promotions. Promotions ?
Juan

Chico, CA

#5 Feb 18, 2014
2-18-14, The council is being asked by city manage­ment to waive the two-week sunshining period and approve new contracts with three public safety unions after an initial reading . Citizens and the council should have more time to examine the agreements.
Juan

Chico, CA

#6 Feb 23, 2014
CookieJar wrote:
According to a Franchise Tax Board press release based on tax returns, the statewide individual median income was $35,910, For joint returns, the statewide median income was $70,938.
In Butte County, the numbers were $30,673 for individuals and $56,476 on joint returns.
Overtime: Many firefighters earn more in overtime than the average Butte County resident earns in total pay.

In 2012, for example, one fire captain earned $92,716 in overtime.

Thirty-six firefighters earned more than $20,000 annually in overtime alone in 2012. For just those 36, that totaled $1.4 million spent on overtime. At $70,000 apiece, the city could hire 20 firefighters.

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