Friday, July 17, 2009

Spiraling bureaucrat salaries abuse taxpayers

B.C. taxpayers are being saddled with a public sector wage burden far in excess of their ability to fund it. In B.C. average annual salaries are only $42,000, and average family incomes are about $85,000. Bureaucrat salaries are spiraling well above this, and there is no end in sight.

The most blatant example of taxpayer abuse is the half-a-million dollar salary for the CEO of BC Rail who has what must be the very difficult job of running a 40 kilometer long railway. The government took a strong stand recently and stopped paying his golf club membership but seemed to forget to ask why we are paying someone so much to do so little in the first place.

Municipal employees appear to be doing what they can to hit the pay jackpot as well. Employees making more than $100,000 per year in the District of West Vancouver offices rose from 134 in 2007 to 161 in 2008. Interestingly, in 2000, West Vancouver had only 41 employees paid more than $75,000. This trend can be found in municipalities all over the province.

Governments looking for spending cuts must first look at the bureaucracy. Bureaucrat salaries have spiraled far beyond the incomes of taxpayers. Public sector salaries must be brought in line with taxpayers’ ability to pay.

1 comment:

bgrice said...

Comparing the wages of cival servants to the average wage of the province might make good press, but it means very little.

Senior Cival Servents must have pay equity with their private sector counterparts, or we will constantly lose our good Cival Servnats to the private sector and end up with an under-qualifed public sector.

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