Readers sound off on Cobb worker pay raise
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a selection of the responses from readers of MDJOnline.com in reaction to recent MDJ stories.

Commissioners approve pay hike for county government employees …

Cobb Resident — So they took $20M from the water department and now are left with an $18M surplus? Is it that difficult to see where the surplus came from?

Overpaid Gov Workers — Fat pensions and overpaid jobs for life are being phased out across the country. So this little “pay raise” should be going to the few who deserve it and not every employee and of course that won’t happen.

Just Saying — I don’t know if employee raises is the right thing to do but I am thankful that someone made a decision and stood by it.

TIC — Another half baked decision by four of the five commissioners.

Anonymous — Headline from Wednesday’s MDJ: “U.S. won’t rebound to pre-recession numbers until 2025.” Chairman Tim Lee should have listened to this economic forecast before making this comment: “Lee said he had been assured by “leading economists” that such a pay raise was sustainable.”

MPCato — My God, one economist made a prediction for 13 years in the future! I suggest you hunker down and plan your life based on that. I know I will.

Just Sayin –— Anonymous, don’t you know Tim must have access to ALL the leading economic forecasts and data. Otherwise he would have been somewhat embarrassed over the other headline. :)

Cobb employee — I am very grateful for the raise!! I think a one time bonus would’ve been a smarter decision if it means we are looking at furloughs or lay-offs in the future. That doesn’t make sense. I am darn glad I have a job, as most of us are!

FOB Summerall — By shelving the idea of renovating some athletic fields outlined in the SPLOST this can more than pay for itself. I smell a special interest rat when I look at these construction projects. Who renovates athletic fields in a tough economy? Maybe the FBI will figure out that one while they are here.

County servant — County employees are taking home less today than they were 5 years ago. Darn glad I have a job? Yes. I am one of the few people in society that willingly put my life on the line when I go to work to ensure that the people who trash talk the meager living we make, live to trash talk another day. Do all the work, take all the blame. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Vorant — County employees should be darn glad they have a job, period. So if the economy goes into an even deeper recession we’ll get our 3 percent back? The four commissioners who voted for this need a reality check and a lesson in fiscal restraint.

LeChat — County employees have jobs because there’s a need for their services, just like in any business. Private companies don’t cut the pay of their workers when there’s demand for their product. To expect them to work for tips when you and East-Cobb Bob feel like it is just shortsighted and insulting.

Vorant — @ leChat There is NO free-market “product” that the taxpayer buys freely/ willingly/by choice and comparing it to private sector business is shear stupidity on your part.

LeChat — @Vorant. If you don’t care to have any of the amenities or services provided in this area (or, more likely, just don’t want to pay for them), move to a hole in the ice in the Antarctic or go to Clayton County. Either way, we won’t miss you.

Shame on the Rascals — Commissioner Ott was correct. Now, if we don’t have the money in the upcoming years we will have to add furlough days and have lay-offs to balance the budget. Shame on you, Tim Lee. This is a huge mistake.

Baneeny — How can you know who was right and who was wrong, you don’t have any of the financial data that the commissioners looked at to come to their decision. Those five people put a lot of thought and effort into making the decision they made, using research and data. Four of them went one way with what they saw and one went another which should be respected. You, however, have nothing to base your flippant comment on, shame on you.

Shame on the Rascals — @baneeny - Excuse me baneeny. This was a one time source for the money that will be used. Where do you propose the money will come from next year? Can we count on continued excess from the insurance fund? Can we count on the water department being able to provide the county with another 20 million dollars in revenue? Perhaps your crystal ball tells you otherwise, but the “recovery” has yet to hit the Cobb County balance sheet.

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