An interesting OC Watchdog report from Teri Sforza in today’s OC Register highlights the extensive, and rather expensive, medical benefits that come with the low pay job of being an elected local government official.
In most places, serving on the city council is a part-time gig. Pay is often low, considering the hours put in: Â $7,500 a year in Laguna Hills and $12,700 in Tustin,Â according to data from the state controllerâ€™s office.
But thereâ€™s an often-unseen part of council compensation: The health benefits that cities provide. Those are often worth a great deal more than the council pay itself :
- In Laguna Hills, that $7,500 job came with health benefits worth more than $30,000.
- And in Tustin, that $12,700 job came with health benefits worth more than $26,000.