Read carefully – this shows the total for 5 years! Not per year.
By: Diane Benjamin
As usual, the County website has less information than any other government website. Citizens would be appalled at vendors and the amount of County tax dollars they receive – if they knew. Unfortunately, there is no yearly summary per vendor making that possible.
Local agencies like the Economic Development Council and the Ecology Action Center are supported by all local governments, making them an unofficial government agency not subject to FOIA laws or transparency. Your money pays their salaries but there is no clear benefit to their existence – just what you are told.
I mention this because very simple things like what County Board members are paid is not disclosed. What are the board policies for expenses, auto allowances, and additional pay for the chairman? It should be listed under “County Board”. It isn’t.
Today I received a FOIA request for Matt Sorenson’s pay for the last 5 years. Here’s the summary – It Is (the total) For 5 Years!
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If the board policies were prominently posted where citizens could inform themselves, you would know.
What else are they hiding?
Tons of consultants?