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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Take back my raise - and watch for updates

Hamilton County commissioners Wednesday voted to give back their 2008 raises ($2,372 each)and encouraged other elected officials to do likewise. They said it was the right thing to do considering they laid off workers and froze salaries for county employees in order to balance the 2008 budget. County officials all automatically get the raises, but can give it back to the county in the form of a gift.

The Enquirer polled other elected officials to find out if they would be willing to give their raises back. Here's the responses we recieved so far.

County Engineer William Brayshaw: no
County Clerk of Courts Greg Hartmann: yes
County Recorder Rebecca Prem Groppe: yes
Update: County Sheriff Simon Leis: yes
Update: County Auditor Dusty Rhodes: no

No response yet: Treasurer Rob Goering, Coroner O'dell Owens, Prosecutor Joe Deters.

We will update as responses come in.

Here's what they are making:


at 3:36 PM, January 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


Why didn't the commissioners just ask for an independent internal audit of those whom claim a property tax deduction under the (CAUV) Current Agricultural Usage Value ?

They may find a Private Golf Course, banks, other Lenders (sp), political cronies, private development companies all claiming to be commercial farmers ?

The county has over $200,000,000 (that is right folks, over 200 million) in give aways to so called farmers ?

How much in the last three years has been recouped for land that has been converted and no longer commercially farmed ?

Why can't the commissioner's answer that ?

Then: they want their seat protected or be promoted to judge others ?

Are they friends of Dusty ?

Gosh, giving up the raise is a confirmation: they do not deserve it !


at 5:31 PM, January 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pepper should show an example of public benevolence and just return his entire paycheck. It isn't like he needs it or anything.

at 6:08 PM, January 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


"...Anonymous said...Pepper should show an example of public benevolence and just return his entire paycheck. It isn't like he needs it or anything...5:31 PM, January 10, 2008"

In all fairness: David is a hard worker and researches issues extensively !

We suspect Todd does, as well, we just haven't had the opportuntiy to discuss issues as much with Todd !

We just think there may have been some issues that have slipped through the cracks ?

Else, we would not have been the only party that has made a public records request regarding the (CAUV) issue !

Worth scrutiny though !

at 6:41 PM, January 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I were a Repug office holder, I'd want to hang on to every last penny of my salary and every last cent in my retirement account. I'd also be fully aware that I'd need it all for my legal defense fund.

at 6:59 PM, January 10, 2008 Anonymous HamCo_Votes_2008 said...

This is the least that the elected officials can do.
With the budget being tight and county workers being layed off. And current non-union employees not getting a raise with higher medical insurance costs.
Glad to see them join in "feeling the pain".
And yes, I agree that some elected officials earn every penny that they are given. And some do not. Just like the rest of us!

at 10:27 PM, January 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

does this affect city councils' pay?

at 11:40 PM, January 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is soooo good to see leading by example!!!!!

Maybe the city should do the same thing instead of cutting human services.

And when is council going to pass a law to make Mallory pay his own "protection" costs - that alone would fund some significant programs that benefit the community.

And when they fire Streicher ( the murderer) for his recent insubordination, misappropriation of funds, personal use of government property, etc.....

at 12:03 PM, January 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


Most of these pledges are irrelevant because the wRong wingnut whackos will not retain their seats !

Especially, since there is no doubt that WAYNE COATES will be County Recorder !


at 1:00 PM, January 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why wouldn't Leis give it back? He already double dips, doesn't he? Full pension and salary.

I think that is a relevant part of this story...who is double dipping?

at 1:44 AM, January 12, 2008 Anonymous Just Add Salt said...

I'm concerned about Master Pepper. Can he afford to give back his raise?

at 9:31 AM, January 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Commissioners should pay for their own parking spaces downtown like most county employees. They should revoke the free-parking from other county employees as well. Free parking for all or for none--why do they discriminate?

Considering that the cost of a daily space in that area is between $50 and $110 a month, the Commissioners could generate some real revenue for their strapped budget (as long as they don't spend irresponsibly as they have in the past).

at 11:40 AM, January 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

wonder if the underworked and overpaid commissioner aides are giving back their raise$ too.

at 12:36 PM, January 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have a problem with these office holders being paid well. But they should work for that pay, and be aware of the issues that confront our neighborhoods. It is more than a full time job to properly run our city and county.
As is stands, a pay give back is the least they should do- but they really should just apologize, and step down.

at 4:22 PM, January 17, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


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