by Lou Binninger
Sutter County Administrator Scott Mitnick who was hired by supervisors in spite of a ‘thumbs down’ evaluation by a panel of local professionals is doing his bosses a solid. He is recommending they vote themselves a 61.7% ‘adjustment’ to their salaries.
The Health and Welfare Committee comprised of Supervisors Ron Sullenger and Dan Flores will consider Mitnick’s ‘adjustment’ on September 19 and then it goes to the full board for a vote on September 26.
According to Transparentcalifornia.com, in 2016 Sullenger collected Base Pay of $34,470.90, ‘Other Pay’ of $3,895.68 and nontaxable Benefits of $23652.09 for total compensation of $62,018.67. Flores received $34,470.90, ‘Other Pay’ of $1767.36 and nontaxable Benefits of $26,722.38 for a take of $62,960.64. Mitnick wants to bump the $34,470.90 figure to $53,952 which will of course spike the taxpayers’ commitment to supervisor pensions.
Using the 2016 figures for the two supervisors with Mitnick’s ‘adjustment’ Sullenger would have collected $81,499.77 and Flores $82,441.74 that year.
Mitnick also argues that the suffering supervisors in 2011 were forced to actually start paying the ‘Employee Share’ (6.6%) of their CalPERS pension payment and that “equated to a 6.6% salary reduction.” Only a socialist entitlement mentality can get a reduced salary by funding your own pension. By that logic buying your own cup of coffee would be a salary reduction as well.
For those in the private sector who don’t believe politicians deserve any pension and who pay 100% of their own pension contributions there is no sympathy. In fact, locals don’t think farmers, teachers and business people should make a second career out of being a supervisor.
Former Yuba County Supervisor John Nicoletti argued that you need a high salary to attract quality candidates. However, those supervisors who voted to nearly double their take ran for office years before at far lower pay.
No one campaigned with the slogan “I am not so smart but worth so much more.” So, did we get inferior candidates with lower remuneration? It’s odd that we benefitted from the wisdom of our founders for very little or no pay. No one compares politicians today with our founders without intellectually gagging.
Government is incestuous. The administrator strokes the bosses (the supervisors), reminds them how valuable and underpaid they are, and proposes they vote themselves a raise. Then, of course, the supervisors return the courtesy to their CAO in the future for making this windfall possible.
Mitnick strategically compares his bosses to those they normally consider the backward bunch and make fun of across the river, the ones that put both hands in the till in 2007. Do Sutter Sup’s call Yuba Co Sup’s “F’ers” in private?
Yuba Co Supervisors cash-in at over $90,000 annually when their Yuba County Water Agency winnings are added. You don’t need a high IQ to line your pockets with the taxes of the poorest folks in California.
Mitnick is advocating connecting annual supervisor salary increases to those of judges set by the State of California. Usually Northern California supervisors complain about the state – regulations, welfare, pervert politicians, no road funds, carbon taxes, soft on criminals, waste, corruption and a hundred other issues. However, when it comes to salary increases Mitnick wants to trust these same twisted state politicians rather than the wishes of Sutter County taxpayers.
Pause and think on that. Blame the state and escape the responsibility. Rather than free and independent cities and counties we have surrendered our rights, freedom and liberty to a perverted state and federal political machine that our founders detested and exhorted taking-up arms against.
If you aren’t feeling sorry for Sutter Co Supervisors yet, there’s more. They only get a $100 a month vehicle allowance where Supervisors in other counties get an average of $486. This Mitnick ‘adjustment’ would add another $4,632 to their annual pay. We all need to go over the cliff together.
Why do local candidates here talk conservative, then act like socialists once elected? Why do we say they ‘drank the Kool-Aid?’ The fact is we now have a massive government system ruling over us and very, very few politicians have the ‘Spaldings’ to stick their lives in the spokes. They would rather get promoted!
Every move citizens make is controlled by an invasive system made-up of regulations, ordinances, fees, taxes, grants, allocations, corruption etc. We are living under a tyrannical government and those that run it actually like it that way.