Contact - Volunteer - Contribute - (302) 468-6024

Bob Weiner
Home About Bob Legislation & Essays 2nd District News Articles Calendar Photo & Video Gallery 2018 Campaign Contact Bob
Bob Weiner News  

6/4/2009
NCCo Council members agree to 5% pay cut - News Journal

By ANGIE BASIOUNY • The News Journal • June 4, 2009

New Castle County Council members are joining other county employees and reducing their salaries by 5 percent.

Unable to give themselves unilateral pay cuts, council members agreed last month that each lawmaker could decide whether to take a salary reduction in fiscal 2010, which starts July 1.

Council President Paul Clark reported this week that all 13 members volunteered to return 5 percent of their pay directly to the county's general fund or to County Pride, a nonprofit organization that supports county programs.

The salary cut matches the one negotiated for a majority of employees to get control of a burgeoning deficit by slashing spending, increasing property taxes and shrinking personnel costs. Salaries, wages and benefits account for three-fourths of the county's expenses.

"I believe that it is important that we take the same reduction as the employees that we depend upon to operate the government on a day-to-day basis," Clark said. "We must lead by example."

Council salaries are set by an independent commission and raised each year according to the Consumer Price Index, which prevents members from voting to give themselves raises.
It also prevents the council from reducing members' pay.

Based on current salaries -- members make $40,866, the president $44,754 -- the collective cut will put about $27,000 back into county coffers. But the amount is expected to change in August, when the annual CPI-based raise takes effect.

Councilman William Tansey, who gave back his annual raise in the previous fiscal year, supported a mandatory pay cut when the issue came up last month. He said Wednesday he was pleased to see all had volunteered.

"That makes me happy," Tansey said. "I'm glad everybody came on board and recognized that we're in difficult times and it's time to step up to the plate."

The county's four row officers -- Clerk of the Peace Ken Boulden, Recorder of Deeds Michael Kozikowski, Register of Wills Diane Clark Street and Sheriff Michael Walsh -- also are giving themselves 5 percent pay cuts in the coming year.

In December, County Executive Chris Coons and his executive staff took a self-imposed 7 percent pay reduction through unpaid leave.

Coons, whose current salary is $126,141, said he and his staff also will participate in the 5 percent cut for the coming budget year.

"Bringing down the cost of New Castle County's work force is a critical part of solving our long-term financial challenges," he said. "I'm pleased that council and our row officers have joined the more than 900 employees who have agreed so far in the shared sacrifice of giving back."

Nine paramedics-in-training were laid off in April after the union representing them could not come to an agreement about salary cuts.

The administration still is negotiating with the police officers union on concessions or layoffs.

Contact Angie Basiouny at 324-2796 or abasiouny@delawareonline.com.

Back to the News Summary

Have news? Please contact me!

HOT TOPICS:
Important Safety Tips
File a Property Complaint
Report a Pothole to DelDOT
NCC Open Checkbook
Presentations to Council
Redevelopment
NCC Council Video
New Castle County Finances
NCC Public Safety
Stoltz Developments
Other Development Proposals
NCC Clearwater Disconnect Program
Brandywine 100 History
Anti-Graffiti Brigade
Talley Day Bark Park
Claymont
Search BobWeiner.com:

Latest News:
7/24/2018
  Councilman announces details of redevelopment at former AstraZeneca site
7/18/2018
  We are not developers: Under new ownership the DuPont Country Club will emphasize community
6/9/2018
  Bob Weiner Interview: Preserving & Repurposing Brandywine Hundred and Beaver Valley

New Castle County Comprehensive Plan
How to Attend a County Council Meeting
Info on Planning Board Public Hearings
Time Limits For Speakers And
Standards For Review Of Applications
Directions to Reads Way

 

 

Give Bob a "like" on Facebook:


   
Latest News:
7/24/2018
  Councilman announces details of redevelopment at former AstraZeneca site
7/18/2018
  We are not developers: Under new ownership the DuPont Country Club will emphasize community
6/9/2018
  Bob Weiner Interview: Preserving & Repurposing Brandywine Hundred and Beaver Valley
Upcoming events:
County Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday evenings of each month
"Bob Weiner is one of the best advocates for Brandywine Hundred that I've ever had the pleasure of knowing with his friendly demeanor and well-spoken thoughts. Anyone going into political science or law would be lucky to be mentored by someone like Bob. They'd certainly be a better person for it. All of us in Tavistock appreciate all his support."

Don Thureau
President, Tavistock Civic Association

Paid for by Friends of Bob Weiner - www.BobWeiner.com - (302) 468-6024 - Volunteer - Contribute
Friends of Bob Weiner is the political candidate committee that accepts contributions on behalf of New Castle County Councilman Robert S. Weiner.

Facebook Twitter Youtube