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TACOMA: City manager should again refuse raise

Letter by Anders C. Ibsen, Tacoma on Nov. 24, 2010 at 1:50 pm with 5 Comments »
November 26, 2010 1:46 pm

Does anyone feel that a public servant making almost a quarter of a million dollars per year is being underpaid?

That’s the message from Tacoma City Manager Eric Anderson, who recently announced he would accept a $35,000 pay raise, in addition to $32,000 in back pay for not taking a raise last year.

At a time of record unemployment, when Tacoma citizens are suffering cuts to vital services and city workers under him are suffering wage freezes and furloughs, our city manager has the audacity to demand more than $67,000 – more than one year’s income for the average Tacoma family.

When Anderson refused a pay raise last year, he did so for “fiscal and symbolic” reasons. With millions in budget cuts still to make, I can’t think of a more symbolic and fiscal statement he could make.

Every dollar counts. Anderson should refuse this year’s raise as well.

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  1. Concernedfather says:

    Well said, Anders. I am in total agreement.

  2. JudasEscargot says:

    But….but….if he get’s the pay raise he can provide jobs…..and…..

  3. diogenes says:

    Eric Anderson has spent a ton of Tacoma citizen taxpayer money on a pay and compensation study of City of Tacoma employees using skewed statistics to persuade the world of two things. The first, is to prove that city employees are grossly overpaid and, secondly, that he is grossly underpaid. In his eyes, he is still not paid nearly enough what he thinks he’s worth. The budget be damned so long as he gets his raise.

  4. diogenes says:

    I will add some numbers to my last comment.

    A city employee gets paid for 2080 hours in a year. That’s 260 eight hour days.

    Mr. Anderson’s new salary comes to $ 235,373 yearly. Let’s say his work days are 12 hours on average instead of most of the other employees who work an 8 hour day. Doing the math, he’s still making a little more than $75.00 an hour. Plus there are a few more perks in his contract other city workers never see.

    Some city employees will be laid off this coming January. These folks are not in management positions. The number of management positions continue to increase.

    Do I think Mr. Eric Anderson deserves a raise and back pay at this time of fiscal austerity? No, definitely not.

  5. Here is a wild and crazy idea, put the manager’s, department heads, and other administrators on a performance based merit system similar to the one being proposed for public school teachers.

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