A total of 300 people or 70 in Chattanooga city government, 86 in Hamilton County government and a whopping 144 in the county school system make $75,000 or more a year. The average pay for this group is $92,000 a year that is supported by the hard-working, over-taxed citizens of Hamilton County. To think that most teachers, firefighters and policemen/women make about half or less of what the top 300 make is very disturbing. The above financial stats were taken from the Internet on each of the three organizations.
This type of pay for tax-supported employees is typical of what is wrong with our entire country. Did I mention these people have health insurance and many perks provided to go along with their extreme pay?
I ask that Mr. Berke, Mr. Coppinger and Mr. Smith stand up and spearhead drastic changes to the pay structure. Those 300 people should have to take a 10 percent cut at a minimum which would amount to $2.8 million and redistribute that to 1,166 teachers, firefighters and policemen/women in the form of $200 a month raises. Not knowing what the total number of teachers, firefighter or policemen/women are in the trenches, the 1,166 is a number that can be tweaked to give all in the trenches a fair raise and boost morale even if it comes out to only $100 per month.
This action would show true concern for their fellow workers and surely an employee making $75,000 a year can take a $7,500 cut to $67,500 which is still extreme in these economic times being supported by the struggling taxpayer. I am sure that if anyone in the top 300 protest their 10 percent cut that there are thousands of qualified people willing to take their jobs for much less.
Stand up, Mr. Berke, Mr. Coppinger and Mr. Smith and show the people of Hamilton County some financial grit and character for the good of your and the taxpayers' employees. Run your systems as if it were private enterprise without the luxurious backing of the taxpayer. Make it happen for those in the trenches.