If we understand what the BOISE WEEKLY’S George Prentice has written, it looks like there is a shortfall of several million dollars in the proposed City budget, but Team Dave is seeking some extra bucks for the coppers and firefighters.
The GUARDIAN has expressed concerns about inequities of our civil servants. The union members are not only paid better, but they get better bennies as well. Only firemen are allowed unions by state law and coppers can have unions if the local government approves–as Boise City did years ago.
To top it off we learned from one of the “worker bees” that department heads and “command staff” get a 4.5% match to their retirement savings programs while commoners receive only.5%. So, a director making $100,000 can set aside 4.5% which is matched by the city, but the working guy or gal making $30,000 gets only $150. Like Wall Street, the well paid folks at the top get not only a higher salary, but a higher match RATE as well.
This simply cannot be justified at a time when there is a budget shortfall.
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