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bohd
05-13-2009, 11:02 AM
hey guess what...just after a lot of the city "managers" joimed the 100k club....we get a tax hike.....suspicious....nah

Chester Field
05-13-2009, 02:42 PM
The argument is that if we do not pay public employees a decent wage relative to private sector counterparts, then we will not be able to get quality staff in public positions. The good, skilled people get good paying jobs in private sector and the public sector gets staffed by people who couldn't cut it in the "real world", and we are left with bumbling idiots running our cities (and provinces and country). Even still, public positions generally pay at least 1/3 less than their private sector counterparts.

Taxes will go up, since the price of everything else goes up, including wages, asphalt, construction costs, copy machines, vehicles, etc. It is not realistic to expect taxes to remain static in a city with a declining tax base and the seasonal wear and tear on its infrastructure.

It is painful, however, to have taxes increase while the infrastructure still declines and the city is still run by bumbling idiots anyway :)

bohd
05-13-2009, 06:09 PM
i agree, you want good people you have to pay well...i think for a city this size these people get paid extremely well...what i don't agree on is the size of the increase in salaries. look at the salaries for the city managers 2 years a go and this year...some of these people got 14-15k from the previous year!!!! can you imagine if ALL wages went up like this. there was a huge increase in th 100k club...for city employees...

Shanny
05-13-2009, 08:34 PM
The argument is that if we do not pay public employees a decent wage relative to private sector counterparts, then we will not be able to get quality staff in public positions. The good, skilled people get good paying jobs in private sector and the public sector gets staffed by people who couldn't cut it in the "real world", and we are left with bumbling idiots running our cities (and provinces and country). Even still, public positions generally pay at least 1/3 less than their private sector counterparts.

Taxes will go up, since the price of everything else goes up, including wages, asphalt, construction costs, copy machines, vehicles, etc. It is not realistic to expect taxes to remain static in a city with a declining tax base and the seasonal wear and tear on its infrastructure.

It is painful, however, to have taxes increase while the infrastructure still declines and the city is still run by bumbling idiots anyway :)

Who said anyone working for the city was skilled?