Letters to the Editor: Don’t Break Promise to Citizens
Source: The News of Cumberland County / November 30, 2010
To the Editor:
In the 2008 campaign for Cumberland County surrogate, Doug Rainear ran on a platform that he would not take the minimum salary paid to constitutional officers.
Surrogate Rainear voluntarily accepted an annual salary of $75,000. He felt due to the difficult economic conditions here in Cumberland County, it would be the right thing not to take a salary of over $100,000, even if it was the minimum salary set by New Jersey state statute. The citizens surely felt his pay cut was the right thing to do and he was elected.
At the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting of Nov. 24, Resolution 2010-764 was adopted. “Pursuant to P.L. 2001, Chapter 370 and N.J.S.A. 40A:9-76, the salary of both the Cumberland County Clerk and the Cumberland County Surrogate is hereby fixed at $107,250.00 effective January 1, 2010.
Did Surrogate Rainear have a change of heart? Is he going to receive an increase of $32,250 annually? Or will he give back the $32,250?
How many people are unemployed today in Cumberland County and how many more earn less than $32,250 annually? Are we out of the recession? Have the good times come back to Cumberland County? I don’t see people dancing joyfully in the streets.
I hope that Surrogate Rainear will continue to stay with his original promise and continue to receive $75,000 annually. I frown on anybody that breaks a promise, especially to the citizens of Cumberland County.
David M. Levin
To put Doug Rainear’s pay raise in perspective – when was the last time you received a $32,000 a year pay increase?
Cumberland County is the poorest county in New Jersey. The Median Household Income in the county is $50,833. Most families have more than one person working to meet this average, and to merely make ends meet. Yet this ONE MAN feels that he has no reason to speak to the taxpayers and explain just exactly why he lied and broke his ONLY campaign promise so that he can earn more money than the typical household of 2.7 members.
12.5% of the residents of Cumberland County love in poverty. Doug Rainear, living on the government dole, is not one of them!
Unemployment in Cumberland County tops 14%. 20% of those that are fortunate to be employed are public employees. The self-employed and private sector employees pay the salaries of the public employees.