Sorry to interrupt your Saturday football schedule but this little tidbit was sent in by a regular reader who is seriously pissed. Apparently our earlier post on the latest tax increase er, tax gouging being proposed in our economically stricken county got reader “Jon Boy” to thinkin. See our original story here. Given just how much time we spend on the Transparent California website checking out the massive disparity between public employees and the rest of the public who pays them we’re not quite sure how we missed taking a peek at the salaries in the Arcata Fire Protection District but we did. Boy, did we miss a humdinger too! As you might expect the Arcata Fire crew are doing pretty darn well for a two or three-day a week job much of which is spent sleeping. But it’s not the salaries that are going to rile you up. Actually the salaries probably will piss you off plenty but the benefits are what really sent us to the moon. The ratio of “Captains” to regular firemen is pretty off the charts too. Get this, AFD lists 12 full-time Chiefs and/or Captains and 8 full-time firefighters. We kid you not! The former cost you and me around $150,000 each while firefighters around $85,000. The District even has an Administrative Assistant that costs us over $100,000. If they actually pass the new tax maybe we can do away with all the actual firefighters and make everyone a Captain. There’s no way we could make this crap up but you can see the actual source here.
Frightened? You should be but we’re not done yet. As we wrote above, what should really make you mad is the benefits. Arcata Fire District has sunk our confidence in our appointed and elected officials to a new low. The benefits WE are paying for, essentially EQUALS the base pay. Even AFSCME isn’t attempting to gouge us that badly.
This obviously is a management issue. We wonder if the Directors of the Arcata Fire District are paying any attention whatsoever to the departments books? It could be that they’re just protesting cuz they’re only paid a paltry $1,125. Since they aren’t bring this information forward we obviously had to. If anyone is interested in letting them know just what you think here they are: Chairperson – Linda Sundberg, Vice Chairperson – John Davis, Secretary – Dennis Lindstrom, Director – Steve Tyler, Director – Elena David.
We certainly hope the voters in the Arcata Fire District will keep these facts in mind when voting on Measure A, the Districts latest attempt to raise your taxes so that their employees can make even more than you. Of course we shouldn’t forget that the County is also pushing its own new tax through the system. When is enough, enough?
If all this doesn’t ruin your day try this. That’s all for today. We got a fresh case of Mike’s and are off to catch the game.
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