Many People Want To Know Why There Are So Many High Salaried Employees At City Hall

Robert Kirwan
Valley East Today

The number of employees earning over $100,000 per year has grown to over 50 people as of 2005, and many ratepayers are asking why.

It is understandable that in order to run a city, you require some highly qualified individuals to occupy senior management positions, however, one of the main promises of amalgamation was the chance to avoid duplication at those senior levels of management through consolidation.

At the time of amalgamation in 2000, there were only 13 municipal employees in the Sudbury area making more than $100,000 per year. By the year 2003, there were 14, but this seemed understandable considering that salaried staff were receiving the same kinds of increases as unionized employees.

During the first two years of the term of office for the current Council, a total of over 36 more employees have seen their wages top the $100,000 mark. For many observers, it is frightening to think of how many more will be added during 2006.

All of this comes at a time when Council is "nickel-and-diming" away at the Budget to squeeze more money for roads, services and recreation.

The current Council has done much in the way of reorganization in an attempt to reduce the number of senior managers and cut down on the size of management in general. Nevertheless, it would appear that the more they try to downsize, the greater the payroll, and all of this seems to have coincided with a tremendous increase in the level of dissatisfaction among ratepayers.

The salary costs at City Hall will definitely be a hot topic when it comes to election campaigning this time around.




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