Sunday, October 02, 2011

Pension Numbers? No Names Please

My mother taught me a number of things to never do. Among them: never ask a woman her age and never ask someone else how much money they make. The first of those no-no's may still be widely observed but the second seems to have gone out the window, at least when it comes to retired public employees.

Within the past month two local newspapers have published the names and the dollar amounts of benefits being received by retirees from the County of Santa Barbara and the City of Santa Barbara. (Full disclosure: my name appears on the list of retired county employees.)

The Independent published the names and monthly allowances of all 2,904 retired County employees while noting that 152 of them receive pensions of over $100,000 per year. (And no, I'm not one of those lucky ones.) That's about five percent of the total number of retirees meaning 95 percent of retired County employees receive less (and in most cases far less) than $100,000 per year.

(Continue reading at Montecito Messenger)

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