The Henry Herald online propaganda newspaper noted today that the Commissioners are bravely consider cutting their own salaries:
”Auletta has presented a number of possible measures the commission could undertake to pay for government services in the coming year. Those include reductions in pay for commissioners, personnel cuts, and a millage-rate increase for property owners.
Commissioners receive annual salaries of $43,939.36. The proposed budget calls for those salaries to drop to $35,000. The base salary of $57,785,81, for the commission chairman, currently Elizabeth “B.J.” Mathis, would be reduced by five percent, according to the budget proposal.”
After the BOC published on its website the qualifying fees for the upcoming election in which they posted all of the salaries of the Commissioners, it was discovered that the Board of Commissioners abused a loophole in the law when they voted to “freeze” their own salaries prior to former Henry County Sheriff Donald Chafin’s retirement. I noted this:
“Back in April of 2006, in a PR stunt to try to make it look like they were making some sort of big sacrifice, the BOC voted to freeze their own salaries. The reason I call this a PR stunt was because, at the time, Donald Chaffin was still the Sheriff of Henry County and had been since 1982. Because he had so much time on the job, Sheriff Chaffin’s salary was quite substantial. But the thorn in their collective side was that since their own salaries were based on the Sheriff salary, they knew that if Sheriff Chaffin retired then their pay would be cut virtually in half.”
The Henry Code states that Commissioners salaries are to be calculated based on a percentage of the Sheriff’s salary:
Henry County Code of Ordinances Sec. 2-2-23. – Compensation and allowances.
“The chairman of the board shall receive an annual salary in an amount equal to forty (40) percent of the annual salary provided by general law for the sheriff of Henry County. The vice-chairman of the board shall receive an annual salary in an amount equal to thirty-five (35) percent of the annual salary now or hereafter provided by general law for the sheriff of Henry County. The other members of the board shall receive an annual salary equal to thirty (30) percent of the annual salary now or hereafter provided by general law for the sheriff of Henry County. “
So, it seems The Herald wants you to believe the BOC is acting benevolently by sacrificing their own pay for the sake of the budget. The truth is, they’ve been overpaying themselves since the day BJ Mathis took office.