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Residents pay for raises

Baden, PA

#44 Nov 26, 2013
tax payer wrote:
I want to know why council gets paid over $300.00 a month and school board members dont? so are they there for the money of for the community?
yeah I know it's only 28 K a year but when youre broke every little bit helps out........
so at $330.00 a month for each council member can mean that it could be a car payment and the tax payers are paying for that car. what do they work say 6 hours a month? that's over $55.00 an hour.......they should be a shamed . there should be a motion to omit council salaries the mayor has no say in it, he cant vote and he cant supress a vote to omit this unwanted stipend to each council member. hats off to fawn for bringing this up, bring it up every month ! see which puppets are owned by the mayor..
The mayor refuses to reduce pay for council because he needs rubber stamping by them.
Troublemaker

Pittsburgh, PA

#45 Nov 26, 2013
Residents pay for raises wrote:
The budget is false as stated earlier, and one anonymous messenger eluded sarcastically to two books. Then messages responded in agreement about two books for the budget.
The politicians are not setting the example, but Topix did accurately display the raises before news verification.
(from article)
“Some of the revenue line items were overstated, and I think that will produce a shortfall next year,” Segina said.“There was a lot of displeasure with the $15,000 raise they gave (city solicitor) J. Jason Elash and the $4,800 raise to A.J. Tedesco, the community development director.
“I don't think there should have been raises for anybody if you're asking people to take pay freezes. You have to set the example,” he said.
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Segina is correct, McKeesport has politicians that support raises with freezes, pay reductions and extra input into medical benefits expected of all other city employees. The way to even the playing ground is for workers to make the best possible use of medical benefits now. Fire Chief Lust deserves physical therapy at the very least. He is needed to help at fires in McKeesport and he needs to be supported, looking ok isn't always accurate.
The miscellaneous (over $600,000) may be from the illegal gambling machines or other dubious forms of income. Inflated expected McKeesport pre tax collection figures are wrong. McKeesport is losing population, houses burned down, and emergencies can occur. Numerous houses are abandoned, most residents are poor or middke class going below the poverty line. Any loss expectation figures for emergencies? No, because politicians need to expect more, over value business in McKeesport to bring in more to receive higher loans, if the city are eligible for loans, banks should be aware. These politicians only plan to line pockets and reward non tax paying city solicitor, John Jason Elash at all residents expense. John Jason Elash owes the IRS, gets free rent already at McKeesport city hall, and has proven to black eye the city in a negative second DUI crash at 716 Long Run Road. He was drunk driving, speeding, wreckless and careless as usual.
Senator Brewster worked at Mellon bank.
Segina should have access to McKeesport reserve amounts at all times. I suspect they will use the money secretly, behind residents and everyone's backs. He will say, after everyone forgets about the approval that the permission carries until denied for the entire surplus amount.
McKeesport council should revoke the permission with a new vote at time of need for the surplus. With McKeesport booming to get bank money on the records, remind the government McKeesport doesn't need any free handouts or loans.
McKeesport is self sufficient on its own, everything is fine. John Jason Elash and Tedesco receive raises. Elash $15,000 and Tedesco about $5,000 with all McKeesport employees a pay freeze with pay reduction askance!
Did they account for icy patches and a harsh winter in McKeesport? No, these aren't forward thinking politicians, still refusing to plan to pay themselves.
Investigate all budget figures thoroughly, because raises were given with all other employees on freeze, receiving pay reduction requests from Elash and the mayor. McKeesport employees are also asked to give more to medical benefits with benefit decreases for employees expected.
The budget cannot be correct by these careful considerations.
Agree with nearly all of what you write, except you give Brewster too much credit for working at Mellon Bank.

He was vice-president of security, meaning second in charge. He may have had a desk job, but he had nothing to do with accounts, loans, etc.
Residents pay for raises

Baden, PA

#46 Nov 26, 2013
Business privilege tax? What is the priviledge of business in population declining city, except for grocery stores? Nothing. Mayor Cherepko said businesses will never be shoulder to shoulder in McKeesport again on 5th Avenue. McKeesport is a politically greed ruined city by projects HUD and abuses of government free money.

Why should the government hand money to McKeesport with illegal gambling ring connection ties and to other McKeesport illegal activity. These politicians aren't to be commended for lying on a false budget book and refusing to pay taxes, the IRS and rent!

Elash should pay rent, he represents several shady businesses in McKeesport.

McKeesport, Pennsylvania: The End Of A Rust Belt ... Randy Fox:
Dec 31, 2012 - November 16, 2013 .... The first time I went to photograph McKeesport, PA, I made the remark to the ...
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/randy-fox/mckee...

By the end of 2010, less than 20,000 would remain. Of those, a little over 18% of families and 23% of the population live below the poverty line, including 36% of those under the age of 18.

No jobs are left in McKeesport. 99% of the residents take buses to work, McKeesport is loaded with abandoned houses.

If Mike was saddened by the negativity in McKeesport, why is he happy to give a raise to a drunk driver city solicitor in McKeesport?

In 2002, council president Brewster and the then council hired a new legal representation. This was done because the mayors legal representation over favored the mayor, not council or city residents. John Jason Elash over favors the mayor Mike Cherepko.

McKeesport's '02 budget dispute may go to court - Post-Gazette.com
Feb 13, 2002 - City council directed lawyer John Jason Elash last week to take legal action against Mayor Wayne Kucich ...

Elash recently was hired by council as a second lawyer for city officials because members felt Solicitor Falco Muscante's legal advice too often favors Kucich's side.

(A second lawyer, here's where the McKeesport troubles started).

Elash had a lot of nerve arguing over the interim mayor Regis McLaughlin choice to for Elash.

http://old.post-gazette.com/neigh_south/20020...
Kinky the Clown

West Mifflin, PA

#47 Nov 26, 2013
you tax payers better pay your fair share we need da money

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