County Employee Salaries, Pensions Could Be Cut

The Board of Supervisors will discuss options on Tuesday.

Whoever wins election to the First District on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in November will be walking into a potentially much leaner operation.

Susan Gorin and John Sawyer face a runoff election on Nov. 5, as the two highest vote getters in June's primary.

On Tuesday, the current Board will look at proposals that include cutting back existing employee salaries, beginning new employees at reduced pension levels and ending contributions to deferred compensation plans.

This Press Democrat article summarizes the options to be considered, as a means to reduce the increasing burden of county employee pension costs, currently estimated at $94.3 million a year.

What do you think of the options? Is this the route you would take to reduce taxpayer spending at the county level? Tell us in the comments.

andrew August 13, 2012 at 03:34 AM
ohhhh noooooooo it would be suuuuuuuuch a shame if taxpayers had to stop paying so much money to people who are no longer doing work.
Dee Baucher August 13, 2012 at 05:39 PM
The pensions, salaries and benefits all need to be adjusted in this county! We have been out of line with other counties and with the private sector for much too long. Our public employees have been over-feeding at the taxpayer trough for decades... we are now out of money for the basic needs of our county... our roads, schools, libraries, social services, etc, are all in desperate conditions. It is about time for our Supervisors to take on this issue, before we, like others, need to be considering bankruptcy.
Vernon Simmons August 24, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Well said. Vernon Simmons


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