Public has right to know salaries of ...

Public has right to know salaries of public employees

There are 12 comments on the Hickory Daily Record story from Dec 1, 2010, titled Public has right to know salaries of public employees. In it, Hickory Daily Record reports that:

Catawba County Manager Tom Lundy says taxpayers get their money's worth with county employees.

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blueblood

Athens, TN

#1 Dec 1, 2010
I am glad I don't work for the public. How would us in the private sector like for everyone to know what we made for a living? Now, that I have said that: As I look over this list, most of the higher earner have a position that require a college a degree (most require a Master's degree) yet we, as the public, act surprise when they are paid higher than the local bag boy. I will say some of them are higher than I expected, but then again some are much lower. Maiden's top salaries are mostly in the mid 30's, with the Manager making mid 60's. Am i supposed to be upset because of this? I think not. I was surprised that some Managers (Newton's and Conover's) make less than people who work under them--try to get away with that in the private sector--it would never happen.
madman

Athens, TN

#2 Dec 1, 2010
blueblood, you don't how the rest of us "the normal people" live. i lost my job almost a year ago so everyone knows what i am making and these people are enjoying high salaries. managers making almost $200,000 a year, i mean give me a break. Why do they need a manager--don't they elected people to run the city and county. Why did they not list the mayors salaries? If the manager is making $200,000, the mayor must be pulling down $250,000 to $300,000-----I smell cover up.
local

Newton, NC

#3 Dec 2, 2010
madman,coverup?, What public employees make IS public knowledge. You can request the pay scale of ALL employees in the city or town you live in. I work for a small municipality and I can tell you its a thankless job and most of the pay for jobs start out not much more than minimum wage. We get ahead by serving the public for many years and receiving cost of living wages. I cant remember anyone getting merit raises. The pay is low and the cost of living increases are few and far between, but its a job.......... quit [email protected]#%$!
cakeman

Conover, NC

#4 Dec 10, 2010
I'll tell you this madman, councilmen and mayors locally receive a very small salary and do that public work in addition to their regular, full time jobs. Managers and their employees are the ones who do the work to come up with the budgets and actually run the town.
d1027jon

Mount Holly, NC

#5 Dec 10, 2011
I myself am a public employee. I have 35 years experience at what I do amd am very good at it. However I am at the bottom of the pay scale and am constantly asked to do work that does not fall under my profession. I don't even have enough time to do my normal duties and it just keeps coming. I wish tghe private sector would work for the minimum wage we do and have to do all the work we do. We have not even had a raise in 4 years and now they are cutting our pay by an average of 2500.00 per year starting in 2012. And on top of that the waste that goes on is rediculous. Then if you mention it, no one listens. The state really is a horrible place to work.
Arnold Ziffel

AOL

#7 Dec 10, 2011
Let's begin an Occupy Catawba County protest!
american

Holly Springs, NC

#8 Dec 10, 2011
Instead on focusing on bringing down those at the top we should focus on brinking up those on the bottom.Trickle down economics is much better than Obama's trickle up poverty.We could help him by voting out every member of congress who has supported the job killing middle class destroying free trade agreements
Arnold Ziffel

AOL

#9 Dec 10, 2011
Hey, I have an idea. Let's put the party back in office who brought us all of this chaos in the first place.
Randy Dunn

Boiling Springs, SC

#10 Dec 12, 2011
Arnold Ziffel wrote:
Let's begin an Occupy Catawba County protest!
You coons already occupy the Catawba County jail.
isaiah4j

Okatie, SC

#11 Dec 13, 2011
madman wrote:
blueblood, you don't how the rest of us "the normal people" live. i lost my job almost a year ago so everyone knows what i am making and these people are enjoying high salaries. managers making almost $200,000 a year, i mean give me a break. Why do they need a manager--don't they elected people to run the city and county. Why did they not list the mayors salaries? If the manager is making $200,000, the mayor must be pulling down $250,000 to $300,000-----I smell cover up.
Hey "madman" you call yourself normal. Keep taking your Meds that the taxpayers are paying for. God if your normal, this country is in one heck of a pile of deep dark brown "Do Do". DUH UH!!
festus hagan

Okatie, SC

#12 Dec 16, 2011
They dont get paid enough
lol

United States

#13 Dec 16, 2011
festus hagan wrote:
They dont get paid enough
BULLSHIT!!! THEY DON'T WORK ENOUGH!!!

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