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Fri., Sept. 13, 2013, 8:36 a.m.

Mayor Wannabes Discuss City Pay

In the latest in a series, the Coeur d'Alene Press asks the three Coeur d'Alene mayoral candidates about the city's salary structure, which is considered high by many residents (story here):

  • Joe Kunka: "I know there is a couple people who make an awful lot of money and I'm not qualified to say they don't deserve that money. What we need to do is we need to find out exactly what they do to earn that money. Am I going to go in and start cutting salaries? No."
  • Mary Souza: "Some of them I think are, definitely (overpaid). I think it's the people at the top and the department heads and right up there at the top. It's those top 23 or 24 people that are making up over $100,000. ... I think the average city worker is not seriously overpaid, maybe a bit."
  • Steve Widmyer: "My focus in establishing this new salary structure would be that the city salary structure needs to be fair. But it needs to be fair for both sides: It needs to be fair for the employee and it also needs to be fair for the taxpayer. That might take a little tweaking."

Question: Which candidate holds a position on city salaries that most closely reflects yours?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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