Sometimes you’ve got to spend a lot of money to save a little, eh?
If that strikes you as a fiendishly silly line, you should consider what’s happening down in Wythe County government: Big raises across the board for the county’s three top officials.
It all stems from the decision to hire a finance director. The old one had been doing the job for around $51,000 a year.
But to hire a new one (the new guy is a CPA) they had to pay him more than $77,000. They hope that will help them with problematic audits, which have lowered the county’s bond rating.
So he got a 18 percent raise, for the sake of parity. And to help goose the bond rating.
The county administrator, meanwhile, was making $106,000. But how could you give his underling a raise, and not him? So he got a 10 percent raise, to $118,000. Partly to help goose the bond rating, I guess.
No other employees got raises. They haven’t for a few years.
The details are here.