Posted by Wondering?, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Mar 1, 2013 at 3:12 pm
> The money has to go out somewhere
Are you for real? The cost of government during the Obama years has risen to about 50% of the GDP--driven in part by salaries/benefits of government sector workers that are too high, and these insane pensions.
If someone is making $115K in base salary, and $150K in overtime, that means he's working between 70 and 80 hours a week. How does anyone actually function after a couple of weeks--putting in those hours? Of course, maybe he really isn't putting in those hours, just claiming them?
Posted by Dan, a resident of the Southgate neighborhood, on Mar 1, 2013 at 4:01 pm
Assuming our Fire Inspector gets time and a half for overtime, that comes out to 34.7 hours a week of OT every week of the year. Talk about milking it. How much OT does someone have to claim before there's an audit?
Posted by Midtown Resident, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Mar 3, 2013 at 1:36 pm
With A Master's degree in Math and a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, and with 25years of experience I make 155k/year at a local high-tech company. And I have to pay my own 401K and work crazy hours. These salaries are WAY WAY too high.
Posted by Midtown Resident, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Mar 3, 2013 at 8:38 pm
To Annoyed - [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]
We're all getting screwed paying ridiculous salaries that are not commensurate with what is paid in private industry simply because the unions blackmail the city into ridiculous deals. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]
To "Outside Observer" - you're right. However since the republican supreme court has made money a fixture in politics, all the legislation is going to be in favour of moneyed interests. We just have to sit back and get shafted.
Posted by Midtown Resident, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Mar 4, 2013 at 4:58 pm
@Scooby. I'm all for paying everyone very well. However there is some point at which it becomes excessive. I'm happy to pay teachers and people who put their lives on the line every day, very well. However even there there are some abuses e.g. overtime, teachers unions that make it nearly impossible to fire them (If thats what you want, teachers, you must accept a lower payscale) that need to be curbed.
As for much of the city staff, much of what they do, does not require advanced degrees or the kind of crazy hours that are required in private industry. The benefits are also better. As a taxpayer, I'm not willing to shell out taxes for more than what is standard in private industry for a comparable job. And that calculation has to take into account total benefits including pension plans, vacation etc. I
f this does not happen I will vote no on every relevant local tax measure that comes my way.