Re "Placer officials ask for a raise" (Our Region, July 26): Attempts to justify a pay raise for Placer County supervisors based on averages paid to supervisors in other counties makes no sense. These counties, notably Sacramento, have bloated salaries and benefits that enable career, full-time politicians to extend their personal agendas with the taxpayer footing the bill.
The pay for these positions should be sufficiently high to attract qualified people that can do the job. Since Placer seems to be a decently run county, the existing $30,000 salary meets that requirement. We do not need to add to the glut of politicians/bureaucrats looking to form a career at taxpayer expense.
Maybe a better approach would be for the other counties in the study to lower their supervisor salaries to the average of all nearby counties.
-- Jeffrey R. Duerr, Roseville