Opinion: Hoodwinked By County Taxpayer's Watchdog

by admin / Jan 29, 2015 / 2 comments
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hoodwinked

The small print should say “while enriching my retirement”…. one has to think about spiking these next few years as retirement payout is calculated on the highest of last three years salary + differentials.

"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," Tom Hudson, Executive Director & Treasurer California Taxpayer Protection Committee wrote regarding these extra pays.

In reading resolution 235-2014 [see below] it appears in addition to Joe Harn's 10% for being a CPA and 13% for longevity both being reinstated through Reso 235 -2014 Joe wiggled in an additional 10% of his Chief Asst Auditor pay into Joes check : see 235-2014 Sec 1402 (D)- plus in same agenda Supervisors split vote 3:2 (voted in opposition: Briggs & Frenzen) to authorized him to receive a 5% COLA for 2014/2015/2016 for Auditor while he is still pocketing his 4.6% Management pay in lieu of vacation and a 3.5% COLA since 2005!
 
So here’s the score card
 
Joe       base pay of – I have no idea what it is now
            10%   CPA
            13%   longevity
            10%   of Chief Asst Auditor pay to avoid compaction
              5%   COLA
4.6%  Management in lieu of vacations
42%   compounded, ANNUALLY, pay differentials or extras
 
I think his web site says “ Protecting your tax dollars!”

The small print says “while enriching my retirement”…. which by the way is 3% at 50 meaning just about anytime he elects to he can retire around $170,000 for the rest of his life
 
Looking at the above formula one has to think about spiking these next few years as retirement payout is calculated on the highest of last three years salary + differentials.

Tim Pace, Diamond Springs


RESOLUTION NO. 2 3 5 — 2 014 

OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE COUNTY OF EL DORADO

WHEREAS, in accordance with El Dorado County Charter Sections 210.a(6) and 503, the Board of Supervisors shall establish the compensation of elected officials, officers and employees; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors has previously established and amended the Salary and Benefits Resolution For Unrepresented Employees; and

WHEREAS, Salary and Benefits Resolution Sections 1402 provides for longevity/POST pay and 1418 provides for Certified Public Accountant (CPA) incentive, and

WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution 180-2013 amending the compensation structure for elected department heads to exclude elected department heads from receiving longevity/POST pay and CPA incentives, commencing in January 2015; and

WHEREAS, the compensation changes in Resolution 180-2013 were adopted without consideration of internal comparable compensation data and will result in salary compaction between the elected department heads and their subordinate staff when the Resolution takes effect in January 2015; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors desires to further amend the compensation structure for elected officials to minimize internal salary compaction between elected department heads and their subordinates by reinstating eligibility for longevity/POST and CPA incentive pay for elected department heads, until a comprehensive Classification and Compensation study is conducted and implemented.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Supervisors of the County of El Dorado does hereby approve the following amendments to Section 1402 and 1418 as specified below and incorporates such changes in the Salary and Benefits Resolution, No. 323 -2001 to become effective the first full pay period following adoption by the Board of Supervisors.

1402. LONGEVITYPAY A) Management Employees — A regular full-time or part-time Unrepresented Management employee or Elected Department Head shall, for all hours in pay status, be paid longevity pay for continuous service with the County as follows:

10 years 5.0% of base salary After 15 years 10.0% of base salary*
After 20 years 13.0% of base salary*
After 25 years 15% of base salary*
After 30 years 16% of base salary*

 - *Represents total amount of longevity granted; amount shown is not cumulative.

For Unrepresented Administrative Management employees, longevity pay increases shall be based upon coMinuous service with the County in an allocated position and shall bc effective on the first day of the biweekly pay period following completion of the required period of service.
Effective August 14, 1999 and subject to verification by the Department of Human Resources, longevity pay entitlements for Elected and Appointed Department Heads shall be based upon total service with the County of El Dorado and prior related professional service with any city or county.

B) The Sheriff and employees in Sheriffs Management classes may receive longevity pay pursuant to Section 1402.A or may receive certificate pay as follows:

Intermediate POST certificate 5% of base salary Advanced POST certificate 10% of base salary* Supervisory POST certificate 12.0% of base salary* Management POST certificate 13.0% of .base salary* Executive POST certificate 15% of base salary*

*Represents total amount of certificate pay granted; amount shown is not cumulative.

During the month of January 2002 the Sheriff and employees in Sheriffs management classes shall be eligible to make a one-time change from their current selection of either longevity pay or certificate pay. Additionally, within thirty (30) days after promotion into a management classification, an employee shall make a one-time selection to receive either longevity pay pursuant to I402.A or certificate pay. Once the Sheriff  or employee selects longevity pay pursuant to I402.A or certificate pay pursuant to 1401.B, no further change may be made.

1418. CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT (CPA) INCENTIVE Persons elected to the office of Treasure,. Collector or Auditor Controller who arc Certified Public Accountants shall receive a differential of ten percent (10%) of base SatarY fbr Possession of such c ertification. 

Effective December 29, 2001, an Unrepresented employee in the class. a Accountant, Senior Accountant, Accountant Auditor, Supervising Accountant, Auditor, Cost Accountant, Administrative Services Officer, Fiscal Administrative Manager, Accounting Division Manager or directly related classs which are charged with performing professional accounting responsibilities and who arc Certified Public Accountants shall receive a differential of 10% of base salary for possessing such certification.

 

Comments (2)

  • D. Fine Smith

    2 years 9 months ago

    Of course it is a way to "spike" his retirement benefits. It has happened so many times it is unbelievable. I cannot speak to individual cases as that would be against rules, however I personally am aware of a situation where an employee was given a special job for a year in order to grow his pension, when in reality he was to be fired.

  • Facts

    2 years 9 months ago

    Get your facts straight. Older county employees get 2% at 55 for retirement never to grow above 2.43%. Newer employees due to legislation get 2% at 60 never to grow above 2.43. El dorado county has always been fiscally conservative unlike Placer which went to 2.5% at 55.

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