How many City Managers does it take to screw in a light bulb? Or should we ask how many City Managers does it take to redistribute your HARD EARNED tax dollars? Well in the case of our fair city of Temecula, four is the answer. Yes, it takes four.
Why? While we, the HARD EARNERS, were working to pay the taxes, we dropped the ball accounting for how the money was being spent. The City Manager’s office is comprised of City Manager Shawn Nelson, Assistant City Managers Aaron Adams and Bob Johnson, and Deputy City Manager Grant Yates. According to a salary survey by the League of California Cities, Shawn Nelson is one of the highest paid City Managers in California. He’s paid $336,288.00 of our hard earned tax dollars. Add in benefits and it’s a whopping $407000.
The other three guys earn a combined total of over $552,000. That’s nearly a MILLION dollars for city management. And these numbers don’t include benefits and pension packages. How did this happen? The reason is we allowed it to happen. We must start paying attention to how our hard earned tax dollars are being spent on our behalf.
Did you know the median household income for Temecula is $84,141.00, and dropping? If this sounds like you, ask yourself if you have a rock solid pension that pays at a rate of 2.7% times the length of service, times the amount of your highest salary year. Do the math.
If you want to know more please come to City Council Meetings and learn what goes on. It is your right. Ask questions by filling out a request to speak form available from the City Clerk, who’s paid $149,745 of your hard earned tax dollars per year.