Yesterday, in my post While we were sleeping… I referenced the OCRegister story by Peggy Lowe about the Board of Supervisor’s spiking their pension benefits.
Orange Juice and OCBlog posted Supervisor Moorlach’s passionate plea about how much they deserved the increases in extra compensation they granted themselves at the end of July.Â Moorlach challenged some of the information in Peggy’s story, claiming thatÂ ”Supervisors do not get sick or vacation days.”
Last time I checked, Peggy was waiting on clarification from CEO Tom Mauk.Â While we waitÂ for Mauk to clarify I would like to point out that the Board of Supervisor’s is covered by the same benefits as all otherÂ administrative and executive management employees of the County.Â The major difference isÂ that Supervisor salary is tied toÂ the salaries of judges. The Board can and has increased the amount of some of their benefits like car allowances, and contributions to 401(a) plans.Â From what I can tell (from the 2003 Salary Resolution), they get the same holidays, sick days and vacation benefits as other administrative management employees.
But let’s assume for a minute that Moorlach is right andÂ the Supes do not accrue vacation and sick pay. At a minimum however, they certainly do not get their pay reduced if they miss a Board meeting, or go on vacation, or get ill and stay home, or go out and campaign for election.
In November of last year Peggy Lowe reported on the Supervisor’s compensation package at that time. [It's good to be a supervisor]
Here is the annual compensation received by each member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors:
Base salary: $126,560.80Â $137,321
Car ($600 $765/month): $7,200Â $9,180
OCTA stipend: $6,000
Gas ($2.50/gallon, 617 gallons): $1,542.50
Stipends for other agency boards supervisors might sit on:
Toll road: $8,640
Sanitation district: $4,080
Fire Authority: $3,600
Here is the bottom line that Moorlach missed.
In addition to the 401(a) benefit that he spiked for himself, he still gets the 2.7 @ 55 retirement benefit that all Administrative Management employees get.Â The spike in these benefits, followed by his challenge to Deputy Sheriff pension benefits, is the height of hypocrisy.Â No amount of wiggling, or deflection can change that fact.
Mr. Moorlach, when you put yourself out there as claiming some sort of moral high groundÂ by attackingÂ public employee benefits and pay in the interests of protecting the “taxpayer,” make sure you have some ground to stand on.