By: Diane Benjamin
Since the biggest expense the City of Bloomington has is employees, I took a look at the employees in 2012 and four years later – 2016.
The payroll was $6,196,593 higher in 2016 than 2012. But why?
Total compensation per year is on the City website: http://www.cityblm.org/government/advanced-components/documents/-folder-170
2017 is really for the year 2016. 2013 if really 2012. These are PDF files, so the first things I did was turn them into Excel spreadsheets. Then I deleted everything other than Job Title and Total Compensation. Then I sorted the data by job title. For some reason the Mayor and Aldermen salaries were left off the 2016 report, so I added them.
The comparison still isn’t an exact science because employees leave or retire and a replacement is hired. Just because one year shows more employees with the same job title doesn’t mean there were really more employees in that position.
This comparison does show what jobs didn’t exist in one year but did exist in the other. You can see the comparison HERE All the “yellow” jobs match between the years. I still have no way of knowing the total number of employees because of turnover.
Some of the increase is pay raises of 2-3% per year. Some jobs appear on 2012, but not on 2016. Here are two:
|COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER||$67,035.67|
Corporate Council is a BIG one because now the City sends the money to Springfield – at least $850,000 a year. They could hire a staff of local attorneys for far less.
Community Engagement Manager may have transformed into Director of Community Development.
It’s very difficult to say what jobs have been created, but here are some I’m positive were created and others I’m suspicious about. For some the job title could have merely changed. Since the City finances are far worst now, even with many tax increases, are the new positions a help or a liability?
|DIRECTOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT||$165,824.40|
|DEPUTY CHIEF OF FIRE ADMIN||$169,939.01|
|OFFICE MANAGER – WATER||$51,486.39|
|MOBILE HOME INSPECTOR II||$54,384.59|
|OFFICE AND BILLING MGR||$5,743.94|
|PROPERTY AND RECORDS TECH||$26,755.78|
|SAFETY AND RISK MANAGER||$99,195.61|
|SIGN MAINTENANCE COORDINATOR||$138,202.43|
|SUPPORT STAFF IV – CITY CLERK||$48,203.49|
|SUPPORT STAFF IV -BDG SFTY||$60,924.58|
|TALENT ACQN & DEVELOPMENT MGR||$45,466.51|
|TICKET OFFICE MANAGER||$75,637.06|
|VOLUNTEER & CONCESSIONS COORD||$55,172.78|
|WTR JULIE CWLD||$118,790.09|
|ZOO BUSINESS MANAGER||$68,960.80|
The list appears to show more Police Officers, Fire Fighters, fewer EMT’s, but more Paramedics. Public Safety staffing is a good thing,.
If the Council is serious about cuts, they need to start with this list. If the jobs didn’t exist 4 or 5 years ago, they don’t need to exist now.
Since the discussion has already turned to tax increases, the Council isn’t serious about cuts. Backbones are not required to run for office. Does the Council know people are leaving Illinois? Would they really tax fewer people more? I thought they cared about poor people, especially if they are illegal!
I love how Steve Rasmussen gave them the facts yesterday and told them it isn’t staff’s job to cut for you. David Hales only gave options of cutting police or raising taxes.
The total Budget for FY 2013 was $167 million (ending 4/30/13)
That total budget for FY 2017 was $207 million – (ending 4/30/17) https://blnnews.com/2017/02/08/bloomington-20-million-in-cuts/
Of that $40 million increase, only a small part is employee salaries. Part is massive increases to pension funding. The Council needs to find out where the rest is and determine where cuts can be made.