Metro Fire salaries still a problem

Published: Monday, Mar. 31, 2014 - 2:03 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014 - 12:18 pm

Re "Metro Fire Seeks New Charge on Property Owners" (Page B1, March 23): Metro Fire Chief Kurt P. Henke laudably recognized their grossly inflated salaries by taking a voluntary 20 percent salary reduction. He set a good example for others to follow, but exorbitant salaries still prevail throughout the upper echelon of Metro Fire. The Board of Directors may soon approve staff recommendations for another tax assessment to be voted on by mailed ballot.

While they blame the recent recession, the district's problem remains excessive salaries enjoyed by too many. The District Board must remember who it supposedly serves and, rather than approve an additional tax assessment, it should direct staff to find ways to reduce salary levels and take further steps to live within existing resources. Only then will the board and district gain credibility from the communities it serves.

Watch your mail for a ballot, though. If you receive one, show you get it by returning it with your "no" vote.

-- James Kruger, Sacramento

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