Director doesn't need raise

Published: Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 25, 2003 at 11:31 p.m.

We are in the midst of a major recession with no improvement in sight. Unemployment is at a record high and pointing upward.

Corporations have dropped cost-of-living increases, and salaries, if they are increased, are generally in the 2 percent range.

Enter Mike Kurtz, director of GRU, currently earning $155,907 plus benefits. You must pay me an additional $94,000, says Kurtz and that 4 percent to 5 percent cost-of-living increase, and give me credit in the pension plan for 28 years service (costing probably $400,000). Why, because I've had some good job offers recently.

Well, Kurtz, in keeping with the "free-enterprise system," why don't you take one of those offers? GRU will not collapse with you gone; you have capable assistants. Perhaps GRU's efficiency might even increase.

There's a certain arrogance coming from a well-paid public official who is saying, "pay me more or else." The City Commission should be commended for ignoring Kurtz's threat.

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