The past decade has been the worst in terms of economic decline since the depression of the 1930’s AND if the electronic food stamp lines of today were out doors they would dwarf the soup kitchen lines of the1930’s
None-the-less in good times and bad the government sector takes care of itself. In Port Orange employees case to the tune of a 30 % average pay raise over the past decade not even counting their very generous benefits package.
The most egregious benefit of which is the buy-back of un-used sick and vacation time from department heads and other exempt employees whose time and attendance is not checked in any meaningful matter. And if the Manager starts protesting this is not the case polity remind him that no meaningful action was taken in the payroll theft in the Utilities department last year for exactly that reason.
The former Manager left with an additional $66,000 in cool walking money compliments of that one taxpayer scam alone. The current budget for this one little perk is in the neighborhood of $500,000 this year, AND BEFORE the next child trips on debris coming out of sports fields that are built on a land fill maybe some soccer mom should ask Council why they are sanctioning this kind of spending duplicity.
Each of you I am sure know numerous people across various occupations in the private sector and if you were to ask them if their sector as a whole; be it realtors, carpenters, movers, secretaries, welders, mechanics, sales agents, food service, ex- military and our retirees etc are 30% better off than they were a decade ago the answer is a resounding NO. The economic backbone of small business in America is on its knees and the government sector keeps on taking care of itself as if nothing is fundamentally wrong with this picture.
Well something is wrong and that is the upward pressure on fees and taxes required to sustain the superior wages and benefits paid by the government sector in Volusia County is rapidly becoming a self fulfilling prophesy. The budget numbers in Port Orange are such that every 1% increase in total wages will require an approximate $250,000 increase in fees and taxes, AND the very people supposedly bargaining on taxpayers behalf to keep wage increases low benefit the most the higher those wage increases are.
AND BEFORE nameless city bloggers accuse me of wanting to pay city employees ‘plantation wages’ let me say that is not the case,
BUT WHAT is most defiantly the case is that I would like to see an honest side by side comparison between public and private sector salary and benefits with particular emphasis on where the $120,000 plus positions exist in the Port Orange private sector that Manager Kisela and his overpaid department heads are receiving,
ALONG WITH an explanation as to why the 3 department heads who recently left the City’s employ have not been able to find private sector jobs paying even half of what the City was paying then if they were receiving only comparable wages from the City to begin with.
This is all such a scam on the taxpayer.
Collective bargaining on all 4 union contracts that expire this September began last Tuesday evening and it began in a secret meeting …… with no indication from our elected representatives as to the wage increase the Manager is planning on granting his employees and executives alike.
That does not auger well for the wallets of Port Orange taxpayers.
om: Steinebach, Donna
Sent: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:02 AM
To: Kisela, Greg; DeptHeads
Cc: Carrizales, Heather
Subject: Wage Increases by Fiscal Year and Employee Group
Attached is an updated table showing Wage Increases by Year and Employee Group over the past decade. The increases and decreases are shown in the fiscal year they were implemented and resulted in an actual change in the employees’ pay. Please keep in mind that not all changes took effect on October 1st, and some changes represent prior contract year(s).
Donna J. Steinebach
Administrative Services Director | City of Port Orange, Florida