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County explains bonus payments

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Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 2:00 am

Montrose County has paid more than $373,000 in performance bonuses, but the money was already part of the budget, which has not been exceeded, management said.

The money was in the budget that commissioners had already approved for 2012 and was not a new appropriation, County Manager Jesse Smith said.

“The dollars went into the current budget to pay personnel their salaries. We did not exceed that budget. In fact, we’ll be well under that budget,” he said Tuesday.

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  • Montrose Observer posted at 4:04 pm on Tue, Oct 9, 2012.

    Montrose Observer Posts: 4

    If a person attended the Republican County Commissioner Candidate Primary debates at the school district offices, they would have heard and understood Jess Smith's master plan for pay raises. He quizzed the candidates about raising taxes to pay County employees more or cutting services. Stating that the County was losing people to private industry that paid more was his rationale. He did not mention the layoffs in private industry when the contractor is between jobs or the work is wide spread and the private industry employee has to drive to Telluride at their expense every day to work. Pretty good deal to be paid every day and only drive into town to work. If a County employee thinks they can do better in private industry, go for it and compete in the real world of layoffs and a stagnate economy. Only in a public sector job could an administative assistance be called the Fair Grounds Business OperationsManager and be paid $55,000 a year. Try that in the private sector and see how long it lasts.

  • CraftingCleaver posted at 5:18 pm on Fri, Oct 5, 2012.

    CraftingCleaver Posts: 23

    The county employees have not had a raise since 2007. Some take unpaid furlough days to keep costs down. It is unfortunate that the citizens of this county cannot appreciate what these people do. I am sure most would not do the work or even be qualified to do the work. The wealthy land owners that complain on their information site and use voodoo math to make their point should be ashamed of what they print. If they do not like the taxes they have to pay maybe they should downsize so they could pay less. I would imagine they got a cost of living increase with their social security this year. Thank you county for rewarding some of,the employees with a little bonus

  • Snowflower posted at 10:54 am on Fri, Oct 5, 2012.

    Snowflower Posts: 2

    Thank you Smokey. I wish more people would speak up for those who protect us. As the wife of one of the Deputy's in the Sheriff's Department, I am always reading or hearing about one of our own getting stabbed by a make shift knife or something to that effect, and terrified that one day (knock on wood) that something might happen to my husband. But as a retired Navy wife, I faced that same dilema when he served. I am very proud of him for continuing to serve in the Sheriff's department. Next time someone's life is in danger, make sure you thank the one who comes to your rescue, be it Sheriff, Montrose PD., an EMT or any other brave soul who wears a uniform.

  • Jack Hoffer posted at 9:05 am on Fri, Oct 5, 2012.

    Jack Hoffer Posts: 2

    The Road & Bridge "so called" managers better have not received "performance" bonuses. I have never seen it take two years to "fix" 2 or 3 miles of [straight, flat] roads; whilst once complete, no one would know they were "new" roads....amazing!!!

  • Smokey posted at 8:15 am on Fri, Oct 5, 2012.

    Smokey Posts: 31

    REALLY!!!!!! this is the type of complaining that I don't understand......Let me get this right. both MountRose, and Biker are complaining about our (The People) employees getting a little extra when they protect us daily? When they fix our roads? Maybe you should try and do their job and then see if they need a bonus. (Yes they are employees of the people), but I for one appreciate what they fact I'm going to see what we the people can do to give them more [beam]

  • posted at 3:52 pm on Thu, Oct 4, 2012.


    Bonuses during these difficult times? I just read the unemployment in Montrose is 20%. What are the county commissioners thinking? It's time for new leadership.

  • Biker posted at 6:12 am on Thu, Oct 4, 2012.

    Biker Posts: 11

    Unbelievable how you can take employees of the people and give them bonus payments for doing their job. You should be ashamed of yourself. Talk about riding coat tails. Doesnt matter that it was in the budget. These costs should have been the first to go from the budget.


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