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Is County Administrator Hoch worth more than $90 an hour?

Is County Administrator Hoch worth more than $90 an hour?

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I didn’t encounter anyone these past two weeks that wasn’t shocked at the enormous raise that our county board of supervisors bestowed upon our county administrator, Ernie Hoch. Last week you published two excellent letters on the subject.

It was shocking to realize that the four-year cost of our county administrator will be more than half a million dollars, and that is just the cost of the basic pay! If that amount isn’t fantastic enough, lets look at how much we the taxpayers have forked out for Hoch, when his base salary was a mere $98,700 (during the first half of 2013):

>> His medical and hospital policy (estimated about $8,000 a year).

>> His Social Security at the rate of about an estimated $7,600 annually.

>> The Virginia Retirement System to the tune of about $12,000.

>> Pay for a life insurance policy (almost $1,200 a year estimated).

>> One month of paid leave every year.

These estimates add up to an estimated $30,000 additional annually based on his old salary of (and I repeat) $98,700!

I don’t think that the wizards on the board of supervisors have factored in that the cost of his Social Security and Virginia retirement will continue to skyrocket along with ultimately $136,600 (that’s about $11,400 a month) in the last year of his contract. Based on a 40-hour work week, that’s about $70 an hour. Toss in the aforementioned perks and we might be perilously close to paying more than $90 an hour for Hoch’s services!

Sorry, but that doesn’t cut it, because no one is worth that much in this county government. And please don’ lecture me that his pay should be comparable to Greene and Culpeper counties or that these extra costs are standard operating procedure -- someone still has to be taxed to pay for them.

Not only do we in Madison have a smaller and poorer population than nearby counties, we certainly lack a large tax base so the tax burden to pay outrageous salaries falls on many of us with fixed incomes.

I too voted for many of our present board members because they promised to be fiscally responsible. Well, they lied and many of us plan to be paying far more attention in the future to their spend-thrift ways.

Donald Davis

Locust Dale

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