Community Watchdog Group asks Local Elected officials to Return unjustifiable Bonuses
In what began as a Critisim from Supervisor Ray Nutting to county Auditor Joe Harn about his making too much in bonuses has exploded when DA Vern Pierson attacked Nutting over grants he recieved. Vern Pieson is also in a position that Nutting wants to cut-out taxpayer funded bonuses. Now an independant watchdog group is calling for the Elected county officials to eliminate bonuses.
Not only eliminate any future bonuses, but also pay back past bonuses. "We strongly urge you to end this abusive scandal and eliminate the corrupt practice of paying these non-performance bonuses to elected officials – and get the money back."
In a letter sent to all El Dorado County Supervisors, the Committee of Vigilance writes:
November 15, 2013
Chairman Briggs, and Supervisors Mikulaco, Nutting, Santiago, and Veerkamp:
We were shocked to learn that El Dorado County has been paying bonuses to certain Elected Officials for reasons completely unrelated to their job performance. These bonuses include both “length of service” and “professional development”. While we approve of the original intent of these bonuses, to help our County Government retain valuable civil service employees, we believe that Elected Officials should never have been paid these bonuses, and should be made to return this money back to the County.
This entire process of unwarranted bonus pay is unfair to hardworking taxpayers. Why should Jane and Joe Taxpayer foot the bill for non-performance bonuses, even as they are trying to keep their own households afloat?
It should be obvious to you as elected representatives, just as it is to the public, that paying elected officials who hold office without term-limits an extra bonus for getting re-elected - or for simply meeting the qualifications our State Government requires them to have already earned to be eligible hold their office - is not a clean government practice.
Allowing greedy politicians who were elected to important watchdog offices such as the Auditor-Controller, Tax Collector, or District Attorney, etc. to continue collecting extra money without a performance link is a form of corruption, and must be stopped. It is time the Board of Supervisors ends our local City of Bell-like scandal.
We strongly urge you to end this abusive scandal and eliminate the corrupt practice of paying these non-performance bonuses to elected officials – and get the money back.
Thank you for addressing this serious problem.
More info on COVAC here: www.covac.info
There was little or no law during the early years of California’s colorful Gold Rush. In the widespread absence of official government, “Miner’s Justice” was often dispensed at the end of a rope to thieves, larceners, and murders by law abiding citizens using “Miner’s Courts” and “Committees of Vigilance” in the rough and tumble mining camps and fledgling cities. San Francisco’s law abiding citizens wiped out their criminal element before dissolving in 1851 and reformed a few years later to successfully clean up the rampant political corruption victumizing honest citizens in 1856. Just as during our Gold Rush past, corruption has taken hold in some of our local governments. We have formed our modern Committee of Vigilance to expose corruption in local government and help vote the corrupt scoundrels out of office.
Who We Are
We are ordinary people like you who are disgusted with the corruption in our local government. Most of our founding members or contributors live in El Dorado County, California – the birthplace of the California Gold Rush. Our organization, the Committee of Vigilance Against Corruption is a Political Action Committee formed under the laws set forth in the State of California’s Fair Political Practices Act. Our Political Action Committee, or PAC, is formed for the purpose of defeating corrupt local elected officials in California. Our membership consists of local citizens fed-up with elected officials who are using their office for personal enrichment and career advancement, or abusing their power to retaliate against their personal and political enemies. Donations to our PAC are not tax deductable. Donations exceeding $99.00 in a single calendar year are required to be publically reported to the California State Fair Political Practices Commission. All of our filings with the California FPPC are open to public inspection.
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