To the editor,
The letter I submitted last month suggests an addendum for clarity. What follows is an accounting of where Elkin town leaders place their allegiance and loyalty in a poor economy that is here to stay for a painful, lengthy span of time. You, the readers, must decide if these revelations constitute frugal spending in difficult times. Those responsible for the public’s funds do not consult the same dictionary that I do in defining thrift and economy.
Here is what was allocated last year for town administrators by position in descending order, followed by the total cost, salary plus benefits, in parentheses …
Town Manager: $81,600 ($114,480); Finance Director: $68,867 ($93,465); Economic Development Director: $56,249 ($77,760); Planning Director: $43,465 ($61,849); Town Clerk: $37,219 ($54,369); Main Street Manager: $37,128 ($53,962); Payroll/Accounts Payable Clerk: $31,346 ($46,902); Water Billing Clerk: $31,230 ($46,712); Administrative Assistant: $29,266 ($44,177).
If you agree that spending nearly $600,000 annually in such a small town is necessary and productive, perhaps you need to revisit basic mathematics. This phenomenon is downright scandalous and intolerable under present conditions. Would town leaders be so foolish with their own money? Unforgivable! … GOD forbid.