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The 11 percent solution

 

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office).

Look closer, though, and the gap looks more like a crevice. It turns out the county bills the commission $143,000 a year-$13,000 per commissioner-for office space, human resources, information technology, and other support services. The city accounts for those types of expenses in its general budget.

The officials' pay is almost identical-county commissioners earn $16,126 a year, city council members $15,914. But commissioners get some per-diem pay that council members don't. And-this is the real perk-commissioners also get an average of $5,832 annually in medical, dental, liability and other insurance. Council members get no insurance at all.    (end of article)

[Originally published in July, 2009.]

 

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