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Salary Suggestions Are Ludicrous

June 16, 2013

Should elected officials in Chautauqua County receive pay raises? It’s an interesting question that receives no consideration in a series of recommendations handed up from the county’s Salary Review......

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madman

Jun-19-13 7:45 AM

Orangeman, using that way of thinking, Mayors in each city should be the higherst paid public employee..they are not..teachers, policeman, fireman make more than mayors. The president of the United States is the top dog in the WORLD..think he makes the most?..not even close. That logic does not work in this situation.

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Orangeman

Jun-18-13 11:17 AM

I have always thought the County executive is way under paid. He is the top dog in the county he should be paid as such.

Yearly cost of living increases make much more sense, than do huge jumps in salary.

Give the position a $ 5,000 raise this year and for the next 3 years, rather than a jump of over $ 25,000 in 1 year.

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madman

Jun-18-13 8:05 AM

duckester, WHO CARES..what is your point? Workers in Chautaqua County are some of the lowest paid in the country. Part of determining salaries is based on geographical region. There are not many counties you can still purchase a house for $40K either.

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duckster

Jun-17-13 9:30 AM

here is a fun fact: chautauqua co. legislators are the lowest paid of all the nys counties...

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madman

Jun-17-13 7:54 AM

One of the reasons the number of legislators decreased was to save money. The idea of raising the salaries contradicts these efforts. There is no need for a "commission" to review salaries. This county cannot afford to pay these increases, PERIOD!

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jamestownlovespoverty

Jun-16-13 8:05 PM

TIME TO VOTE THEM ALL OUT!!!! I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE ISSUES IF THE THINK THEY DESERVE THIS. ANYONE WHO THINKS THEY DESERVE THIS NEED TO BE VOTED OUT IMMEDIATELY!!

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jamestownlovespoverty

Jun-16-13 8:03 PM

THEY SHOULD GET NO PAY RAISE. WE CANNOT AFFORD IT. NO ONE GETS A 28% PAY RAISE, THAT IS LUDICROUS. I DON'T THINK MY PAY HAS INCREASED THAT MUCH IN THE LAST 15+ YEARS, SO WHY SHOULD THESE DO NOTHINGS GET A RAISE. THEY WORK FOR THE PUBLIC AND THE PUBLIC IS HURTING. THEY NEED TO WAIT FOR THE ECONOMY GO GET BETTER AND THEN THEY CAN GET THERE 1 OR 2% INCREASE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. THE STATE IS DOWN SIZING AND MAKING CUTS EVERYWHERE, BUT THEY THINK THEY DESERVE 28%. THEY ARE LUCKY WE DON'T RIOT IN THE STREETS OVER THIS SUGGESTION.

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patriot012

Jun-16-13 5:08 PM

28.8 percent raise is ridiculous, is it any wonder we have third highest taxes in state maybe the country.? how about getting rid of 50 percent of over bloated government and lower taxes!!!

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Harold

Jun-16-13 10:41 AM

Legislators have other jobs and do not rely on the pay from the position, but the other three positions are the full time jobs of those individuals. They should be paid fairly. There are many county employees that earn more than the $85K the County Executive receives and every county manager earns more than the County Clerk.

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Howard

Jun-16-13 9:56 AM

We can all agree on this one. I am 100% with FedUpL8ly stating that raises should be limited to the same increases that Social Security recipients get according to the CPI.

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carlaw

Jun-16-13 7:34 AM

Bravo! Good editorial! These are the tough questions but fairness goes both ways. Tax payers are being short changed in this county.

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imfedup

Jun-16-13 6:36 AM

Here we go again! Health Ins benefits for Part Time Legislators? Ya, I know it's no longer available to them BUT now salary increase recommendations/justification BECAUSE they lost these benefits 3 years ago??? I'm not buying that. But to be fair, full time County Employee's salaries do deserve at least a 'look-see' as to how their salaries/wages and benefits compare to those in the private sector; that's only fair.

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FedUpL8ly

Jun-16-13 4:43 AM

How about posting the names of the members of the Salary Review Commission and how they managed to be on the Commission. It's called full disclosure. Future raises should be limited to the same increases that Social Security recipients get according to the CPI. But why don't taxpayers start to get upset with pay raises in the Federal Government. The bonuses are obscene, no one seems to ever get fired except for the whistleblowers.

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