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City Salaries In Spotlight

Item: Cd'A salaries in the spotlight: City contracts with three collective bargaining groups/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: It's sure to be hot political fodder this fall. When Coeur d'Alene City Council and mayoral candidates hit the campaign trail leading up to the Nov. 5 general election, what the city should do about employee salaries could be tops among stumping points. Keep the status quo? Reduce pay slightly? Or, whack wages completely? Three City Council seats and the mayor's chair are up for election. That's the majority of the seven-member panel, so the salary answer should depend on November's outcome.

Question: How big of an issue will city employee salaries be in the fall municipal campaigns?

Gabriel Challenges City Pay Figures

City Administrator Wendy Gabriel (pictured) offered this response to an earlier post today re: Coeur d'Alene city salaries: “Your blog has a link to a document titled “Some of Coeur d’Alene’s Highest Paid Employees*”.  The City did not prepare this report although it appears to be a compilation of data that the City has provided in the past. Attached to this email and titled 2009-2010 Actual Pay is a document that was sent to the Idaho Freedom Foundation on May 12, 2011.  It includes pay for the period 10/1/2009 through 9/30/2010.  The data in this document appears to be shown in the document on your blog under column 4 titled “2010 Salary.” Attached to this email and titled 2011-12 Budgeted Pay is a document that was provided to Sharon Culbreth on Sept. 13, 2011.  It is a list of projected pay for the upcoming fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2011 and ending Sept. 30, 2012.  It includes a 3% cost of living increase and any eligible service time/performance increases.  This data appears to be shown in the document on your blog under column 3 titled “2011 Salary”. I have several concerns regarding the document currently posted on your blog.  They are outlined below.” More here.

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