April 17, 2014 6 a.m.
At this time in our county, when we are faced with more and more complicated issues and need more input, we are cutting our county commissioners from 3 to 2½. (Do the math.) Freeholders voted to have five commissioners, however, working them only half time and half price through the proposal to cut the commissioners’ salaries to $53,000 a year. Currently, the cost of three commissioners is about $318,000. The cost of five commissioners at half-pay of $53,000 times 5 equals $265,000. As former Commissioner Marc Boldt stated, half-time pay and half-time work does not solve our problem. Do these half-time people work at the same time or part in the morning and part in the p.m., or are we asking them to volunteer extra time?