I am appalled that a county supervisor would defend repealing development fees, citing the unfairness of a one-time fee of $4,000 assessed to wealthier clients.
Meanwhile, said supervisor continues to deny reinstatement of 9% wage losses to county workers suffering over the past few years. These workers have seen their incomes depleted by $4,000, more or less, each year and have been subjected to health insurance and retirement funding increases. How fair is that?
County supervisors have taken great pride in these payroll deductions, since paying workers less has allowed the county to stay solvent. Now, I find that the millions contributed by the least-paid county workers are being used to replace (subsidize) the income lost to developers and their wealthier clients.
I doubt that someone buying a $300,000 house is worried about putting food on the table or paying the rent. How outrageous is that, saving the county on the backs of the modestly paid county servants while those more fortunate get a free ride?
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County coffers can be increased by putting money back into county workers’ pockets to spend locally. By reinstating development fees, the county can reclaim any money lost to renewed wages.