Sixty Four Thousand Dollar Question

Today’s $64,000 question is what is the average pay for a City of DeKalb employee? Coincidentally or not that is the answer: $64,668.

That’s based on a total wages including overtime of $15.6 million as reported on the Total Employee Compensation Report as of May 31, 2012. The total employee compensation paid from June 1, 2011 through May 31, 2012 was $18.8 million. Total compensation includes regular and overtime wages, allowances, longevity bonuses and health insurance.

The chart below is from that of the Total Employee Compensation Report as of May 31, 2012. It is sorted in descending order by the total employee compensation paid column.

What is not included are pension and retirement benefit costs which may be transferred from the state to local governments.

Title Insurance Allowance Longevity Bonus Wages including OT Total
City Manager $6,598.94 $3,710.93 $10,000.00 $144,247.65 $164,557.52
Police Chief $6,598.94 $2,775.47 $1,058.78 $151,956.28 $162,389.47
Fire Chief $17,266.18 $800.00 $789.47 $143,461.41 $162,317.06
Battalion Chief $16,980.81 $800.00 $1,425.50 $130,266.73 $149,473.04
Battalion Chief $16,980.81 $800.00 $1,766.25 $128,803.47 $148,350.53
Acting Assistant Fire Chief $16,980.81 $800.00 $1,811.25 $127,455.83 $147,047.89
Fire Captain $17,177.51 $800.00 $1,811.00 $117,364.28 $137,152.79
Interim Fire Chief $16,980.81 $800.00 $1,798.00 $114,927.85 $134,506.66
Fire Captain $17,177.51 $800.00 $1,770.50 $110,800.34 $130,548.35
Fire Lieutenant/Paramedic $17,305.91 $800.00 $1,451.50 $109,828.66 $129,386.07
Battalion Chief $0.00 $800.00 $2,068.78 $125,842.89 $128,711.67
Firefighter/Paramedic $17,697.94 $800.00 $828.00 $107,542.38 $126,868.32
Fire Lieutenant/Paramedic $17,305.91 $800.00 $1,426.00 $106,335.46 $125,867.37
Public Works Director $17,266.18 $3,710.93 $0.00 $104,836.38 $125,813.49
Fire Lieutenant/Paramedic $17,305.91 $800.00 $614.25 $106,372.02 $125,092.18
Firefighter/Paramedic $17,697.94 $800.00 $1,462.50 $104,651.51 $124,611.95
Fire Captain $17,177.51 $800.00 $1,462.25 $104,855.98 $124,295.74
Firefighter/Paramedic $17,697.94 $800.00 $786.25 $104,038.95 $123,323.14
Battalion Chief $16,980.81 $800.00 $2,106.00 $102,851.17 $122,737.98
Fire Lieutenant/Paramedic $17,305.91 $800.00 $1,603.25 $102,696.60 $122,405.76
Fire Lieutenant/ParamedicFP $17,177.51 $800.00 $925.00 $102,726.87 $121,629.38
Building Supervisor $18,698.13 $550.00 $1,452.20 $100,771.60 $121,471.93
Treasurer/Comptroller $17,266.18 $0.00 $1,739.60 $102,164.44 $121,170.22
Firefighter/Paramedic $17,697.94 $800.00 $458.25 $100,774.29 $119,730.48
Firefighter/Paramedic $17,697.94 $800.00 $583.25 $100,325.80 $119,406.99
Police Sergeant $18,499.20 $800.00 $1,586.00 $98,455.45 $119,340.65
Fire Lieutenant $17,469.53 $800.00 $1,684.25 $98,483.75 $118,437.53
Police Lieutenant $17,266.18 $800.00 $1,958.97 $97,829.52 $117,854.67
Firefighter/Paramedic $17,697.94 $800.00 $806.00 $97,504.57 $116,808.51
Fire Lieutenant/Paramedic $17,305.91 $800.00 $1,368.25 $97,039.53 $116,513.69
Police Sergeant $18,499.20 $800.00 $1,290.25 $95,411.75 $116,001.20
Assistant City Manager $12,782.21 $2,226.54 $0.00 $100,751.67 $115,760.42
Fire Lieutenant/Paramedic $17,305.91 $800.00 $916.50 $96,737.87 $115,760.28
Police Sergeant $18,499.20 $800.00 $1,602.75 $94,509.02 $115,410.97
Police Sergeant $18,499.20 $800.00 $1,735.50 $94,314.93 $115,349.63
Police Sergeant $18,499.20 $800.00 $1,414.75 $94,542.84 $115,256.79
Firefighter/Paramedic $17,697.94 $800.00 $1,227.25 $95,031.27 $114,756.46
Firefighter/Paramedic $17,697.94 $800.00 $643.50 $95,410.86 $114,552.30
Firefighter/Paramedic $17,697.94 $800.00 $435.25 $95,165.21 $114,098.40
Firefighter/Paramedic $17,697.94 $800.00 $906.50 $94,682.99 $114,087.43
Firefighter/Paramedic $17,697.94 $800.00 $1,670.50 $93,847.04 $114,015.48
Firefighter/Paramedic $17,697.94 $800.00 $185.25 $94,877.70 $113,560.89
Police Lieutenant $17,266.18 $800.00 $0.00 $95,341.38 $113,407.56
Police Lieutenant $17,266.18 $800.00 $0.00 $95,261.73 $113,327.91
Firefighter/Paramedic $17,697.94 $800.00 $539.25 $93,000.18 $112,037.37
Firefighter/Paramedic $17,697.94 $800.00 $661.25 $92,749.81 $111,909.00
Fire Lieutenant/Paramedic $17,305.91 $800.00 $1,254.50 $92,367.52 $111,727.93
Police Sergeant $18,499.20 $800.00 $1,267.50 $91,126.41 $111,693.11
Firefighter/Paramedic $17,697.94 $800.00 $834.50 $92,075.06 $111,407.50
ADPWBldg/Eng/Trans $6,598.94 $0.00 $0.00 $104,695.09 $111,294.03
Water Technician $18,698.13 $550.00 $694.70 $91,342.58 $111,285.41
ADPWOperationsMaintenance $17,266.18 $0.00 $0.00 $93,945.98 $111,212.16
Police Corporal $18,884.00 $800.00 $952.25 $89,469.97 $110,106.22
Firefighter/Paramedic $17,697.94 $800.00 $390.00 $90,955.24 $109,843.18
Police Sergeant $18,499.20 $800.00 $1,514.50 $88,456.51 $109,270.21
Info & Tech Technician $18,698.13 $550.00 $1,862.88 $87,987.36 $109,098.37
Police Sergeant $18,499.20 $800.00 $2,021.50 $87,264.95 $108,585.65
Detective $19,063.92 $800.00 $1,265.25 $87,214.70 $108,343.87
Firefighter/Paramedic $17,697.94 $800.00 $597.75 $89,234.26 $108,329.95
Finance/Purchasing Director $17,266.18 $0.00 $0.00 $91,061.68 $108,327.86
Police Sergeant $18,499.20 $800.00 $1,241.50 $87,769.71 $108,310.41
Firefighter/Paramedic $17,697.94 $800.00 $1,223.50 $87,738.79 $107,460.23
Firefighter/Paramedic $17,697.94 $800.00 $276.25 $88,430.14 $107,204.33
Firefighter/Paramedic $0.00 $800.00 $741.00 $105,371.67 $106,912.67
Firefighter/Paramedic $17,697.94 $800.00 $169.00 $87,613.35 $106,280.29
ADPWUtilities $12,782.21 $0.00 $0.00 $93,253.80 $106,036.01
ADPWAirport/Airport Manager $17,266.18 $1,739.60 $86,984.63 $105,990.41
Firefighter/Paramedic $17,697.94 $800.00 $726.25 $86,339.69 $105,563.88
Fire Lieutenant/Paramedic $17,305.91 $800.00 $1,651.00 $85,535.94 $105,292.85
Firefighter/Paramedic $17,697.94 $800.00 $1,499.75 $85,038.75 $105,036.44
Patrol Officer $19,063.92 $800.00 $289.25 $84,624.26 $104,777.43
Skilled Maintenance $18,698.13 $550.00 $1,962.45 $82,906.04 $104,116.62
Info & Tech Director $17,266.18 $0.00 $0.00 $85,855.35 $103,121.53
Detective $19,063.92 $800.00 $367.25 $82,622.74 $102,853.91
Patrol Officer $19,063.92 $800.00 $1,457.00 $81,441.93 $102,762.85
Firefighter/Paramedic $17,697.94 $800.00 $503.50 $83,459.74 $102,461.18
Patrol Officer $19,063.92 $800.00 $1,586.00 $80,794.61 $102,244.53
Project Implementation Engineer $17,266.18 $0.00 $0.00 $84,941.76 $102,207.94
Detective $19,063.92 $800.00 $1,349.25 $80,284.71 $101,497.88
Building Inspector II $18,698.13 $550.00 $1,259.29 $80,768.39 $101,275.81
Patrol Officer $19,063.92 $800.00 $656.50 $80,657.83 $101,178.25
Patrol Officer $19,063.92 $800.00 $845.00 $80,300.22 $101,009.14
Firefighter/Paramedic $17,697.94 $800.00 $1,191.00 $81,292.24 $100,981.18
Patrol Officer $19,063.92 $800.00 $1,228.50 $79,819.69 $100,912.11
Detective $19,063.92 $800.00 $975.00 $80,043.04 $100,881.96
Fire Lieutenant/Paramedic $5,682.59 $800.00 $1,592.50 $92,485.74 $100,560.83
Detective $19,063.92 $800.00 $1,264.75 $79,431.15 $100,559.82
Info & Tech Technician $13,830.60 $550.00 $1,869.38 $84,137.44 $100,387.42
Ops/Maint Section Manager $17,266.18 $0.00 $0.00 $82,810.93 $100,077.11
Detective $19,063.92 $800.00 $1,157.00 $78,878.23 $99,899.15
Detective $19,063.92 $800.00 $572.00 $79,289.54 $99,725.46
Crew Leader/Technician $18,698.13 $550.00 $1,766.25 $78,593.59 $99,607.97
Detective $19,063.92 $800.00 $676.00 $79,041.95 $99,581.87
Police Corporal $13,740.04 $800.00 $1,157.00 $83,640.53 $99,337.57
Firefighter/Paramedic $17,697.94 $800.00 $1,408.75 $79,420.89 $99,327.58
Patrol Officer $19,063.92 $800.00 $910.00 $78,522.14 $99,296.06
Info & Tech Technician $18,698.13 $550.00 $1,378.25 $78,356.19 $98,982.57
Detective $13,883.98 $800.00 $992.25 $83,194.45 $98,870.68
Patrol Officer $19,063.92 $800.00 $1,043.25 $77,831.24 $98,738.41
Skilled Maintenance $18,698.13 $550.00 $1,172.73 $78,208.36 $98,629.22
Firefighter/Paramedic $5,917.81 $800.00 $294.00 $90,843.84 $97,855.65
Crew Leader/Technician $18,698.13 $550.00 $1,769.93 $76,432.93 $97,450.99
Patrol Officer $19,063.92 $800.00 $1,417.00 $76,059.44 $97,340.36
Firefighter/Paramedic $5,917.81 $800.00 $143.00 $90,332.71 $97,193.52
Patrol Officer $19,063.92 $800.00 $253.50 $77,011.70 $97,129.12
Patrol Officer $19,063.92 $800.00 $572.00 $76,092.36 $96,528.28
Patrol Officer $19,063.92 $800.00 $185.25 $75,988.11 $96,037.28
Crew Leader/Technician $18,698.13 $550.00 $2,538.82 $73,337.78 $95,124.73
Patrol Officer $19,063.92 $800.00 $657.00 $74,286.97 $94,807.89
Detective $19,063.92 $800.00 $1,229.00 $73,479.78 $94,572.70
Patrol Officer $19,063.92 $800.00 $270.25 $74,437.86 $94,572.03
Patrol Officer $19,063.92 $800.00 $1,839.50 $72,339.16 $94,042.58
Crew Leader/Technician $18,698.13 $550.00 $2,229.04 $72,522.82 $93,999.99
Patrol Officer $19,063.92 $800.00 $468.00 $73,648.04 $93,979.96
Patrol Officer $19,063.92 $800.00 $2,021.50 $72,009.61 $93,895.03
Skilled Maintenance $18,698.13 $550.00 $1,185.77 $73,359.26 $93,793.16
Skilled Maintenance $18,698.13 $550.00 $2,138.73 $71,747.87 $93,134.73
Firefighter/Paramedic $5,917.81 $800.00 $185.25 $86,221.44 $93,124.50
Patrol Officer $19,063.92 $800.00 $656.50 $72,532.82 $93,053.24
Telecommunicator $18,698.13 $550.00 $250.95 $73,260.74 $92,759.82
Patrol Officer $19,063.92 $800.00 $572.00 $72,217.34 $92,653.26
Police Corporal $6,393.36 $800.00 $842.25 $84,206.95 $92,242.56
Crew Leader/Technician $18,698.13 $550.00 $1,763.42 $70,776.48 $91,788.03
Skilled Maintenance $13,830.60 $550.00 $1,769.93 $75,257.00 $91,407.53
Building Inspector II Plumbing $18,698.13 $550.00 $136.50 $71,614.32 $90,998.95
Principal Planner $17,266.18 $0.00 $0.00 $72,780.93 $90,047.11
Water Service Maintenance $18,698.13 $550.00 $688.22 $70,108.19 $90,044.54
Crew Leader/Technician $18,698.13 $550.00 $1,782.97 $68,744.88 $89,775.98
Police Corporal $6,393.36 $800.00 $1,398.50 $80,724.69 $89,316.55
Patrol Officer $13,883.98 $800.00 $156.00 $72,555.14 $87,395.12
Telecommunicator $18,698.13 $550.00 $1,830.91 $65,558.96 $86,638.00
Public Works Maintenance $18,698.13 $550.00 $495.37 $66,746.96 $86,490.46
Crew Leader/Technician $13,830.60 $550.00 $1,464.89 $70,443.46 $86,288.95
Telecommunicator $18,698.13 $550.00 $2,187.48 $64,818.59 $86,254.20
Patrol Officer $6,501.31 $800.00 $965.25 $77,974.98 $86,241.54
Patrol Officer $6,501.31 $800.00 $253.50 $77,898.59 $85,453.40
Patrol Officer $6,501.31 $800.00 $120.25 $77,735.39 $85,156.95
Patrol Officer $6,501.31 $800.00 $534.00 $77,284.90 $85,120.21
Account Technician III $7,362.36 $0.00 $3,418.94 $73,631.81 $84,413.11
Public Works Maintenance $18,698.13 $550.00 $681.74 $64,415.11 $84,344.98
Patrol Officer $6,501.31 $800.00 $185.25 $76,679.65 $84,166.21
Water Service Maintenance $18,698.13 $550.00 $410.57 $63,440.41 $83,099.11
Crew Leader/Technician $13,830.60 $550.00 $1,342.50 $67,331.46 $83,054.56
Patrol Officer $6,501.31 $800.00 $1,098.50 $74,480.41 $82,880.22
Patrol Officer $6,501.31 $800.00 $965.25 $74,608.08 $82,874.64
Patrol Officer $6,501.31 $800.00 $227.50 $74,341.89 $81,870.70
Public Works Maintenance $18,698.13 $550.00 $967.19 $61,081.94 $81,297.26
Public Works Maintenance $18,698.13 $550.00 $967.19 $61,062.40 $81,277.72
Water Service Maintenance $18,698.13 $550.00 $632.98 $61,001.78 $80,882.89
Telecommunicator $18,698.13 $550.00 $378.00 $59,501.53 $79,127.66
Public Works Maintenance $18,698.13 $550.00 $404.05 $59,422.89 $79,075.07
Telecommunicator $18,698.13 $550.00 $270.45 $59,491.72 $79,010.30
Public Works Maintenance $18,698.13 $550.00 $179.10 $59,478.73 $78,905.96
Crew Leader/Technician $0.00 $550.00 $2,280.46 $75,900.68 $78,731.14
Public Works Maintenance $13,830.60 $550.00 $404.05 $62,751.59 $77,536.24
Telecommunicator $18,698.13 $550.00 $241.71 $57,562.45 $77,052.29
Telecommunicator $7,145.82 $550.00 $2,201.31 $66,347.29 $76,244.42
Telecommunicator $13,830.60 $550.00 $453.10 $60,684.29 $75,517.99
Acting Human Resources Director $17,266.18 $0.00 $0.00 $58,091.85 $75,358.03
Acting Community Services Planner $17,266.18 $0.00 $0.00 $56,247.67 $73,513.85
Administrative Associate $17,266.18 $0.00 $1,090.16 $54,442.19 $72,798.53
Account Technician III $13,830.60 $0.00 $2,286.94 $53,945.90 $70,063.44
Administrative Assistant $12,782.21 $550.00 $0.00 $56,213.72 $69,545.93
Administrative Assistant $17,266.18 $0.00 $0.00 $51,806.44 $69,072.62
Account Technician III $18,698.13 $0.00 $1,471.32 $47,827.02 $67,996.47
Patrol Officer $6,792.72 $800.00 $0.00 $59,811.80 $67,404.52
Telecommunicator $13,830.60 $550.00 $0.00 $52,593.50 $66,974.10
Patrol Officer $6,792.72 $800.00 $0.00 $58,415.66 $66,008.38
Patrol Officer $14,477.19 $600.03 $0.00 $50,801.53 $65,878.75
Account Technician I $18,698.13 $0.00 $1,782.92 $45,251.71 $65,732.76
Patrol Officer $6,946.22 $600.03 $0.00 $55,736.96 $63,283.21
Patrol Officer $0.00 $0.00 $468.00 $62,765.83 $63,233.83
Firefighter/Paramedic $18,848.58 $600.03 $0.00 $43,634.77 $63,083.38
Economic Development Coord $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $62,229.11 $62,229.11
Transportation Planner $6,598.94 $0.00 $0.00 $55,428.95 $62,027.89
Executive Secretary $6,598.94 $0.00 $0.00 $54,170.40 $60,769.34
Account Technician I $13,830.60 $0.00 $1,484.32 $45,257.84 $60,572.76
Legal AssistantLiability $6,598.94 $0.00 $0.00 $53,185.18 $59,784.12
Firefighter/Paramedic $13,790.45 $600.03 $0.00 $45,376.00 $59,766.48
Administrative Assistant $6,598.94 $0.00 $0.00 $49,156.65 $55,755.59
Account Technician II $7,145.82 $0.00 $1,641.10 $45,321.22 $54,108.14
Administrative Associate $6,598.94 $0.00 $0.00 $46,382.78 $52,981.72
Patrol Officer $0.00 $0.00 $1,203.75 $51,470.29 $52,674.04
City Clerk $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $51,616.84 $51,616.84
Office Associate I $0.00 $550.00 $1,789.42 $45,095.10 $47,434.52
Firefighter/Paramedic $6,608.20 $600.03 $0.00 $38,936.71 $46,144.94
Patrol Officer $0.00 $0.00 $178.75 $44,288.78 $44,467.53
Mayor $12,085.76 $0.00 $0.00 $22,499.88 $34,585.64
Firefighter/Paramedic $6,608.20 $400.02 $0.00 $27,251.42 $34,259.64
Telecommunicator Part Time $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $33,576.59 $33,576.59
City Clerk $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $33,138.14 $33,138.14
Telecommunicator $7,145.82 $229.15 $0.00 $25,605.18 $32,980.15
Firefighter/Paramedic $0.00 $0.00 $58.50 $32,014.35 $32,072.85
Firefighter/Paramedic $6,608.20 $400.02 $0.00 $23,006.31 $30,014.53
Firefighter/Paramedic $18,848.58 $0.00 $0.00 $7,750.26 $26,598.84
Telecommunicator Part Time $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $17,906.01 $17,906.01
Alderman $12,085.76 $0.00 $0.00 $5,399.94 $17,485.70
Community Services Officer $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $16,201.03 $16,201.03
Airport Maintenance Part Time $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $14,930.40 $14,930.40
Administrative Intern $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $14,750.24 $14,750.24
Community Services Officer $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $12,538.10 $12,538.10
Airport Line Service Part Time $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $12,273.96 $12,273.96
CBD Maintenance Part Time $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $11,831.41 $11,831.41
Community Services OfficerPT $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $11,666.41 $11,666.41
Airport Line Service Part Time $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $10,109.77 $10,109.77
Administrative Intern $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $10,095.75 $10,095.75
Airport Line Service Part Time $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $10,077.68 $10,077.68
Administrative Assistant Part Time $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $9,840.00 $9,840.00
Crossing Guard $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $8,699.65 $8,699.65
Crossing Guard $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $8,699.65 $8,699.65
Crossing Guard $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $8,674.30 $8,674.30
Crossing Guard $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $8,522.20 $8,522.20
Crossing Guard $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $7,654.60 $7,654.60
Crossing Guard $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $7,554.30 $7,554.30
Airport Line Service Part Time $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $7,400.32 $7,400.32
Telecommunicator Part Time $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $6,913.17 $6,913.17
Telecommunicator Part Time $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $6,264.08 $6,264.08
CBD Maintenance Part Time $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $5,821.43 $5,821.43
Crossing Guard $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $5,793.95 $5,793.95
Alderman $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $5,399.94 $5,399.94
Alderman $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $5,399.94 $5,399.94
Alderman $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $5,399.94 $5,399.94
Alderwoman $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $5,399.94 $5,399.94
Alderman $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $5,399.94 $5,399.94
Alderwoman $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $5,399.94 $5,399.94
Crossing Guard $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $4,029.33 $4,029.33
Band Director $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $4,000.02 $4,000.02
Airport Line Service Part Time $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $3,332.15 $3,332.15
Crossing Guard $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $3,193.00 $3,193.00
Crossing Guard $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2,788.50 $2,788.50
Crossing Guard $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2,787.40 $2,787.40
Crossing Guard $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2,754.70 $2,754.70
Crossing Guard $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2,694.45 $2,694.45
Crossing Guard $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2,558.70 $2,558.70
Crossing Guard $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2,379.38 $2,379.38
Administrative Intern $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2,103.03 $2,103.03
Administrative Associate Part Time $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,856.07 $1,856.07
Crossing Guard $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,629.75 $1,629.75
Crossing Guard $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,579.60 $1,579.60
Crossing Guard $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $810.21 $810.21
Telecommunicator Part Time $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $179.67 $179.67
Crossing Guard $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $125.10 $125.10
TOTAL $2,886,356.48 $124,353.21 $182,814.53 $15,649,549.29 $18,843,073.51

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3 thoughts on “Sixty Four Thousand Dollar Question

  1. Kay, if the internship is one set up with the NIU Masters in Public Administration Graduate Program, then part of that cost is for a tuition waiver, and part is pay to the intern. At least, that was how it used to work, as I recall. When I interned at the City of Streator in 1999, I received the princely wage of $10 an hour, and I most definitely earned it. I also benefited from working with one of the best city managers in the country, Donald Crawford. He was the city manager here in DeKalb, back in the very early 1970s.

  2. Why are the interns getting paid anything?

    All of the Administrative Assistant, Account Technician, Office Associate, etc. jobs pay about $20,000 more than what NIU pays for each position. NIU pays those jobs about $10,000 a year less than what they should and the City pays about $10,000 more than what they should–too bad the salaries come out of different piles of money so the huge wage differences will not be fixed.

  3. The pension costs that may be transferred from the state are for teachers and would be put on the school districts. As far as I can tell, municipalities are already completely on the hook for pensions and OPEB for contracted employees.

    Indeed, in the FY2011 CAFR the city specifically blames pension costs as a primary culprit for its ongoing money woes.

    I’ve been looking forward to seeing this, Mac. Thanks for publishing it.

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