Bonus scandal outrage Spreads - local Elected officials get Bonuses for getting reelected!
We reported that a local watchdog groups has called on the BOS to payback the unjust bonuses and now we see the story has legs as two Taxpayer groups join the call and a prominent statewide political news reporter wrote, "This is another County out of control—and few knew about it until very recently."
In the story by Stephen Frank of California Political News & Views, www.capoliticalnews.com, the author noted that:
Most counties have a deficit. El Dorado County is no different. Some give staff bonuses based on performance. None that I know of give elected officials a bonus, just for serving, doing their job—except for El Dorado County.
Also we have learned that two Taxpayers advocacy groups have also joined the call for eliminating the bonuses that are said to be an abuse of taxpayers because they are paying bonuses for getting reelected, not for ANY job related performance.
Lewis Uhler, President, National Tax Limitation Committee wrote:
The National Tax Limitation Committee strongly believes the role of elected officials is to serve their constituents, not become a burden on them. The recently revealed practice of paying bonuses to elected county officials is outrageous. We strongly urge you to end this clandestine Waste of taxpayer money and look forward to your decision to support taxpayers.
Tom Hudson, Executive Director & Treasurer California Taxpayer Protection Committee wrote:
In our view, elected officials should not be paid for possessing the qualifications that are required for them to hold the offices to which they were elected. Paying elected officials bonuses because they were successfully re-elected makes even less sense. We find it scandalous that persons elected to public “watchdog” positions such as District Attorney, Auditor-Controller, or Tax Collector would take advantage of this program. On behalf of El Dorado County taxpayers, we strongly urge you to end the abusive practice of paying bonuses to elected officials.
This scandal was first acknowledged by Supervisor Ray Nutting when he told county Auditor Joe Harn that the bonuses that he, and others, were receiving were too much and out of line. This was followed by a report of the Publius Group in May 2013 which documented the lavish pay bonuses that some El Dorado County elected officials were getting every year.
This report was eye opening to many that had only ever seen the pay of elected compared to other counties, but this was Base pay, not including the bonuses. Most residents that watch the level of pay have seen the "Published Maximum Salary" of electeds, but never knew that the actual wages as much as 35% over what is called the "Published Maximum Salary" for El Dorado County Elected officials.
COVAC wrote, "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."
The pressure is on the BOS to act, and if they do not, several citizen groups have vowed to take it to the voting box to get rid of officials that don't see the problem and to change the rules and regulations in the county by a Ballot measure.
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