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OPINION: Proposed Supervisors Salaries

Either change the job description for the supervisors in the next elections and give increased salary or give them only cost of living salary now.

As a resident of San Benito county, I feel that the County Supervisors work for me and, thus, I have a voice in the determination of their salary. I have communicated with each of the supervisors and have had a dialogue with a couple of them. I do appreciate that they have given us, as residents, time to respond to their recent salary proposal which at this time, I feel is unreasonable. In fact, their proposal raises many questions that I feel need further discussion and consideration.

First, if the supervisors are being required to put in many more hours than before, why is this occurring? Our current supervisors knowingly ran for the job and salary that was in existence and one assumes that they did their due diligence before making the decision to run. Are our county employees from management on down effective in providing the needed information to our current supervisors so that they can evaluate the different situations and make well thought out decisions?

Our county employees receive very nice salaries (anyone can check on these salaries at to do this job. Are the supervisors evaluating this process? I have been assured that we have a reserve established for salary increases; however, I wonder what the reserve budgets are for road maintenance, road building, updating of county buildings like the library, etc? Why do we always have enough to give salary increases but never have enough to update our local services and to meet our local needs?

Second, if all of the above is evaluated and well provided for and, indeed, we need more time from our supervisors then it is time to propose a ¾ or full-time job for our supervisors. This will require time to evaluate the current job, establish a job description for a new position, a salary scale and a process to put this in place in a timely manner. If this group of supervisors moves to establish a new job and votes it in, the new position should only take place after an election. Thus, each current supervisor needs to run for reelection after the instatement of the new plan in order to get the new job with increased salary. This will prevent anyone from claiming that our supervisors are out to just reward themselves. Besides, how many people are given the job to give themselves a raise?

Until another job description such as above is put in place, I feel that the supervisors are entitiled to be given only a cost of living increase that they gave other county employees. I know that they have put in many extra hours but many of us do give many extra hours back to our community without any compensation or any compensation increase.

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Well-presented argument, Gerry. What job description do you refer to that says the position of County Supervisor is not a full-time job? Do you have a link?

--William McCarey

Sirs, Have You No Shame?

What politician in his/her right mind would vote his/herself a 50-plus percent salary increase? What arrogance and disrespect to your constituents and voters of San Benito County and Hollister. 

If anything, you deserve the wrath of the VOTERS in the upcoming 2018 elections. OUT!!

You would rather give yourselves a salary increase; vote down the construction of a much needed new library - after requesting a needs assessment - over the constructions and expansion of a new wing to the county jail - where national and local crime figures do not justify the expenditure or its construction. By the way, a NEEDS ASSESSMENT was NOT requested for the county jail project expansion. 

Self serving politicians filling their pockets on the backs of the largest demographic in the city and county? Yes!

If you build it, they will be fill it!

Lets not forget that eight, yes count them eight former City of Bell, Ca. elected officials were charged with misappropriations of funds - i.e.., packing their salaries and pockets.

"High salaries paid to officials of the city sparked local outrage and national attention when they came to light in July. Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo, Police Chief Randy Adams and Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia resigned after media reports that they were making several hundred thousand dollars a year each". CNN, Los Angeles, CA

Proceed at your own political career peril!

Have You No Shame?

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