We have spoken many times in the past about the corruption here in Fairfield Ohio as it relates to both the city school district and the police force. The Mafia has more integrity than the Fairfield Police Department or Fairfield City School District.
As we all know, your good ole’ Uncle Andy tries to be a fair man. He tries to be reasonable and even handed. In my reports to you about corruption, waste, and incompetence here in Fairfield, Ohio, I forgot to mention how badly run the city itself is. Clearly, the local school district and police force are still the reigning supreme champions of malfeasance. But the city administration finishes closely behind them in the corruption olympics.
Thanks to an income tax windfall, and recent charter amendment approved by hooplehead voters, Fairfield’s general fund is awash with cash. For already overpaid city workers and pet projects of the corrupt administration, the proverbial bazaar is open!
According to a recent article by the Journal-News, Fairfield expects to spend $70.6 million for its 2015 budget, while revenues are expected to be $73.3 million, thanks partly to income tax funds returning to pre-recession levels, according to the city’s finance director.
The budget, passed by council, has spending increases in most departments.The police budget will increase by 4 percent and fire by 3 percent.
Administration will increase by 1.2 percent, economic development by 7 percent, finance by 5 percent, public works by 1 percent, parks by 3 percent, utilities by 4 percent and personnel/benefits by 6.6 percent. The fire department budget increased by 3.8 percent, while police will increase by 4.3 percent. Municipal court will increase by 5 percent, which is a departure from the norm.
Mark my words; these budget line item increases will be used for one thing: more pay increases for city workers! It’s a damned disgrace!
We have mentioned in passing here in the Truth Emporium, how the selfish goon squad at Fairfield PD are. Last March I wrote:
The story starts last year during the November 2012 election with a seemingly innocuous charter amendment on the ballot, which was successfully passed by dimwitted voters. All you have to do is follow the money…straight into the pockets of unionized city workers here in Fairfield.
The reallocation increased the general fund portion of the current 1.5% income tax from 1.1% to 1.2%. The capital improvement and street funds decreased from 0.2% each to 0.15% each.
Did you catch that? Money for the general fund increased. Money for streets, infrastructure, and capital went down. As it turns out, what Fairfield meant by an increase in spending for the general fund, was actually just a means to provide salary increases for city workers.
Since the Fairfield city charter amendment was passed, freeing up more tax dollars earmarked for the general fund, every unionized city employee has been given a pay raise. Check out the story here.
American Federation of County, State and Municipal Employees (AFCSME) members will receive a 2.72 percent raise. The raises will go out to 91 employees. The financial impact to the city will be about $92,000, said Mary Hopton, the city’s finance director. The city’s expenditures for this year are projected at $63.2 million. The raises take effect April 1 and are effective through March 31, 2014, which is the end of the contract.
Earlier this year, the firefighters received 3 percent raises, while police officers received a 2.48 percent increase. The firefighter raises were a $45,000 impact to the city; the impact of the police raises was not specified, but the city documentation shows the new hourly rates range $25.28 an hour for a beginning officer to $44.28 per hour for a lieutenant with 20 years’ service. The previous range was $24 to $43 an hour.
Lets focus on the hapless Fairfield Police Department for a moment, if we may. Check out their recruitment brochure on the city’s website. The starting base pay is $51,000. After three years, that bumps up to $66,000. I don’t believe these figures represent the newly enacted 3% pay raises though. That would make the base salaries for police patrol officers in Fairfield, Ohio, after three years of service, virtually $70,000 a year.
The base salary figure does not include overtime, court time, or other perks. This is a gravy train, fellow citizens.
Not only did the gravy boating incompetents at Fairfield PD get a raise in 2013, but the new contract ratified a few weeks ago gives them even more of our money going forward over the next few years. It is outrageous.
You can look at the story here. The officers will receive a net increase of 2.66 percent, with the union and the city having approved a new three-year contract to run through 2017. FOP’s supervisors unit, consisting of 13 sergeants and lieutenants, also received the raises, as did members of the International Union of Operating Engineers, and the American Federation of County, State and Municipal Employees. Members of the firefighters union received raises in March. All together, the raises for all the unions will cost the city more than $230,000.
I’m glad to see these hogs are living high on our dime.