In the Bridgeton News today there were a couple of good letters. I am surprised that nobody posted them here yet, so here goes!
The first is by Tom Sheppard about the many people in Cumberland County, some appointed or whose hiring was approved by Big Louie himself, that earn obscene amounts of money. Lou is on record saying that anything over $75,000 a year is greedy.
Of course Lou has yet to provide any accounting for his own sources of income, or how much he rakes in. He certainly has enough to travel around the country all of the time – oh wait, the county taxpayers picked up that tab.
Tom also addresses the lies that the coward tryagain is perpetrating about the 14% figure. I am one of those that believes that tryagain is Lou Magazzu – and he is not man enough to identify himself on this forum. he hides behind a fake name, and every post contains maybe a thread of truth and the rest is a poorly woven lie. Sort of like his career as a politician.
As goes NACo, so goes the freeholder director position. I can’t wait for November!
Cumberland County freeholders had no problem giving big salaries to a dozen employees
Monday August 24, 2009, 4:42 PM
To the Editor:
You may remember the big deal the salaries of the sheriff and surrogate were in the last election.
The state had mandated certain salaries in excess of $100,000 per year and the Democrat candidates promised to serve at a bargain salary if elected.
The Democrat freeholders and now Sheriff Austino and Surrogate Rainear said it was simply greedy that anyone in a poor county like Cumberland could get a government salary in excess of $100,000.
Recently I was able to see the salaries of all county employees through an OPRA request. I was shocked to find that 12 people employed by the freeholders make more than $100,000 per year, with the highest-paid making $165,000. You can see a list of those people and their salaries at CumberlandAnswers.com.
These were not salaries forced on the board by the state, but were voluntarily given and approved by the freeholders. This shows how, for political gain, good people can be denigrated for simply asking for the salaries due them by state statute while the same board pays others much more, but just keep it quiet.
In a county with the highest unemployment rate in the state, you would expect the freeholders to hold the line on these highest-paid people for at least this year, but no, they all got raises.
Somehow, the sheriff and surrogate were “greedy” when it was an election issue, but these 12 people not only were making more than $100,000 last year, but got raises! I do not fault the employees. If your boss gives you a raise you don’t turn it down. I blame the freeholders.
The State of New Jersey is making people take unpaid days off to save money, yet Cumberland County has budgeted $5,500,000 more in salaries for 2009 than in 2008. That’s an increase of 14 percent. That $5,500,000 is not the county payroll. That’s only the increase in the county payroll from 2008.
I sure hope everyone isn’t getting a 14 percent raise, so they must be planning on hiring more people. Is that what you do when the economy is in the shape it is? They would never do that with their own money, so why do they do it with yours?
This is the kind of thing that happens when Cumberland County has a freeholder board that is seven Democrats and no Republicans. We need alternate voices and opinions to insure the people’s will is carried out and your money is not wasted.
Republican candidatefor freeholder