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Let taxpayers vote to set wages for Mahoning County workers



Published: Mon, April 14, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Let taxpayers vote to set wages for Mahoning County workers

Wouldn’t you like to be a Mahoning County employee? Unfortunately, most of us are just taxpayers.

“Outrage” is defined in the dictionary as “insult, excess, a shameful act; the anger or resentment aroused by injury or insult.” I’m sure these are just a few of the printable responses to the exposes written on the front page of the April 6 Vindicator about the outlandish amounts of money in pay raises to some 760 Mahoning County employees in 2013 and 2014.

Some of these raises were designed to cover their insurance costs, while still giving them a substantial increase in livable income. As a private-sector taxpayer, wouldn’t you just love to receive a pay raise of 64 percent, many scaling down from there to 3 percent. I feel certain if middle- to lower-income folks in the private sector received a raise in the last couple of years, it would have amounted to only 2 to 3 percent, if they were fortunate enough to get that.

The arrogance of those giving and those receiving said increases is both insulting and appalling to all of us in Mahoning County footing the bills. How about all the folks on fixed incomes, where the Social Security increase last year was only 1.7 percent? Do you think this paltry increase can keep up with the cost-of-living increases to health care, taxes, food, gasoline and many other increases in this sagging economy?

What makes the employees of Mahoning County think they are better than those of us who pay their wages, and many struggle to do so? I’m sure it won’t be long before we’ll see another request for tax money. Forget it.

I think it is time we, the taxpayers, put on the ballot what is an acceptable wage, across the board, for the Mahoning County jobs that are commensurate with like jobs in the private sector. The exception would be police officers and firefighters, but not department heads and commissioners; their salaries should also be determined by the voters.

Cathie Yash, Youngstown


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1stonehead(25 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

you can vote on my wages .. I get to vote on how much welfare you get .i'll bet its more then I get

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2rickking123(292 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

You want unfunded pension liabilities in the billions. Well you got them under the current system.

Get rid of the 3 highest year scam for calculating pensions and also impose a use it or lose it system for vacation and sick time.

And yes there are plenty of people who have gotten rich under the current system or haven't you been reading the Vindicator for previous stories on such matters.

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3billdog1(1230 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

lajoci, you hit the nail on the head. Our gooberment leaders started this hate filled ignorance toward the public sector workers. The so called leaders have divided many on this issue. The truth of the matter is the so called leaders never attack their own pay scale or benefit packages. They only say that the licensed plumber with many years of experience, or the teacher with a masters degree they require to keep their job is making to much money and costing the tax payer to much money. I'm deeply saddened every time I hear somebody complain about a teacher and then watch that same person set their 6 year old in front of the TV every evening for six hours. Never ask about home work, never go to a parent/teacher conference, never get involved in the district in which they live. Just blame somebody else for their lazy do nothing lives. Learning doesn't only happen in the school building. Education isn't only about books, numbers, and science experiments. Learn should be taking place at home, in the car, going to the store, in play, etc... The man that works to keep water coming to your house is worth what, the man that makes the sewer continue to work as planned so your house don't fill with raw sewage is worth what, the woman that drives the school bus to get your kids to and from school is worth what, the man that keeps the electric flowing to your house is worth what, the person that answers your emergency call for somebody breaking into your house, or a house fire or somebody getting hurt is worth what? Time to think about these questions before you think you are entitled to judge their salaries and nobody wants to be in those places when you need them. How about somebody judge you for making to much because your job requires no education or skill? Education and trade cost money to get, maintain licensure and certification. Don't bite the hand that feeds you.

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4billdog1(1230 comments)posted 5 months ago

eivo, another ignorant irreverent statement. It must really be sad to be so uninformed, underpaid and uneducated. May a free penny float down the poop river to you today sir.

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