Phoenix $38 Million Deficit – Cuts To Public Safety?
Phoenix plans to pay its top manager HOW MUCH?
Laurie Roberts, The Republic | azcentral.com March 28, 2014
So Phoenix faces a $37.7 million deficit and is looking at closing pools and senior centers along with cutting parks programs and possibly even public safety.
So naturally, the Phoenix City Council next week will be giving the new city manager a $56,000 raise.
Ed Zuercher would pull down $315,000 a year, thanks to a deal negotiated privately this week, That’s a 22 percent raise over what he made as interim city manager.
Not since the astonishing $78,000 raise given to the late, not-so-great City Manager David Cavazos has the city considered such a boneheaded move.
Then again, that was just 16 months ago. Cavazos then promptly used his 33 percent pay boost to spike his pension and leave town – convincing another sucker city to match his insane salary.
Zuercher, at least, won’t be able to boost his pension using his sick leave and cell phone and car allowances under terms of the contract. I’m sure that’s of great solace to the city workers who still haven’t gotten back all of the 3 percent in pay and benefit cuts they agreed to take at the height of the recession. City workers who might be facing another pay cut. Or to the little kids who won’t be swimming next summer, thanks to empty pools. Or to the seniors who won’t have anyplace to go. Or to the citizens who could face new taxes to help balance the city’s budget.
Citzens whose yearly pay is, on average, less than Ed Zuercher’s raise.
Zuercher dubbed his new pay deal “fair”, listing the various perks he’s giving up, including the ability to cash in hundreds of thousands of dollars in unused sick and vacation leave and a $4,000 annual “longevity” bonus and a close to $10,000 annual taxpayer contribution to one of the two retirement plans the city provides him.
He still will get a $435 monthly car allowance, a $100 per month cellphone allowance and $30,240 per year in deferred compensation.
I know. Slave wages, right?