Thursday, March 23, 2006

Cutting Spending, Giving Raises?


The Indy Star reported that the CEO of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, Linda Mielke, is getting a 4% raise. That’s right, a raise. I know what you’re thinking. Didn’t they go over budget by a ton earlier this year?

Yes, they did. The city-county council actually had to freeze their budget because the project went more than 40% over budget. In fact, the library has had to cut operational spending by 2% because of the freeze. They got rid of the bookmobile for seniors and lowered the health care coverage of retired staffers.

Now the library folks are trying to tell us that the raise for the CEO is to keep her in line with the other Midwest library CEOs servicing similar sized populations. This brings up two questions from the FIN.

First, did these other CEOs mismanage their budget and overspend by 40%? If not, maybe that’s why they make more money than Mielke. Second, is Mielke really willing to take a pay increase on the backs of retired workers who are getting their health benefits cut?

4 Comments:

At 11:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing like ready a book in a nice new library and then being mugged on your way out because we spent so much money on the building that we can't keep officers on the street or criminals in jail.

 
At 12:52 PM, Anonymous Jake said...

Seriously. I just don't understand how they could have gone overbudget so much. I mean, nothing ever goes exactly as planned but 40%?

 
At 1:03 PM, Anonymous E.B. Gregg said...

Don't we have better ways to spend taxpayer's money. I thought I herd something about a jail overcrowding problem. Now this is just a thought but isn't it more important to put criminals in jail than the CEO of the library in a new lexus?

 
At 1:05 PM, Anonymous E.B. Gregg said...

Don't we have better ways to spend taxpayer's money? I thought I remembered something about a jail overcrowding problem. Now this is just a thought but isn't it more important to put criminals in jail than to put the CEO of the library in a new Lexus?

 

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