I read today's Ludington Daily News, page A8, and saw what I thought to be a misprint. The usually accurate reporter Kevin Bracizeski wrote that the City Attorney would have their salary (attorney's call this their retainer) increased from $2350/month up to $4000/month. That seemed like too high of an increase to be true, so I consulted my e-edition of LDN. The e-article on the meeting had nothing about it, but I found the following on the Monday news:
"...the council is scheduled to consider a new contract with Gockerman, Wilson, Saylor & and Hesslin to provide city attorney services to Ludington. The company was paid the same $2,350 monthly retainer that retired attorney Roger Anderson received, but is now seeking $4,000 a month. Shay recommends the council approve the new contract."
Math isn't my forte, so I had a number-cruncher friend find out that this is over a 70% increase of the City Attorney's wage. A jump from $28,200 up to $48,000. Don't need too much math skills to see that's an increase to the Ludington taxpayer of $20,000. $20,000!
When the council tripled the taxes on the poor old people at Longfellow Towers, they increased their tax rolls by $20,000. When they cut the jobs of seven seasonal lifeguards, lifeguards who saved at least three lives last year, they saved just over $20,000 in expenses. Oh my God!
$20,000 is more than many of our area's households bring in each year, including my own. A lot of people winced a year and a half ago when several city employees had their salaries raised by single digit percentages, but where is the outrage now. A 70+% raise, for a non-productive part (sorry, all you attorneys out there) of our government, two days before April 15. Anybody got a pulse out there?