Letter: Watch where Wabasha County tax dollars go
To the Editor:
Our dollars: their pay. Just what are we paying Wabasha County commissioners in wages, benefits and per diems?
Last year Dave Harms, Deb Roschen and Merl Norman voted to eliminate taxpayer-funded health care and lowered their salaries for 2013 as a cost-saving measure.
A new board majority took control Jan. 1 and the spending has flourished. At their very first meeting of the year, Don Springer, Rich Hall and Mike Wobbe voted to restore taxpayer-funded health care and voted themselves a pay raise.
This wasn't to quench their thirst for our tax dollars. Springer, Hall and Wobbe voted to change the per diem policy so now their drive time is included and, if a meeting lasts longer than four hours, they can collect double per diems.
But wait. There is more. When a special meeting is called, commissioners can collect an additional per diem. So far in 2013 Chairman Hall has called four special meetings, nearly one per month. For comparison, in 2012 there were four special meetings for the entire year.
Here is a breakdown of the commissioners' total compensation, based on payments Jan. 1- May 7, 2013.
Questions: If their employer offers insurance why are they given free insurance through county? Isn't county insurance for full-time employees?
Wake up people, elections do matter!
Beverly C. Snow