The Scranton Government Payment Package

I have received considerable amount attention from the last article. I wanted to demonstrate that government Scranton, Pennsylvania is more like a monarchy than a democratic government. The Scranton government lords over Scrantonians like they are serfs while the government employees enjoy wonderful payment packages like princes and dukes- more on that later. Many of the allies of the local government- the people working in the local government- said that it was unfair to combine standard salaries with things like overtime, health benefits, and pensions. I find this argument silly because your compensation is the amalgamation of the entire cost of your employment that is conferred upon you. In other words, if you are receiving a dollar directly, or indirectly by not having to spend money on something, that is compensation! But for the sake of argument, I decided to break down the compensation expenditures to see what they would look like. Please take a look:

 

Total Standard Salaries 27,584,846.44
Total Standard Salaries plus other salaries $31,829,248.47
Total Salaries plus Health Benefits $47,019,264.02
Total Salaries plus Health Benefits and Retirement $61,750,449.02

 

 

Alright, now we can see every break down of the compensation. When we examine this it leads to one conclusion, YOU SHOULD WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT. Seriously, these payment packages are amazing! While the average Scrantonian is struggling with working multiple minimum wage jobs, trying to make ends meet, you have policeman pulling in an average of $74,623* a year. Now, when you add health benefits (we all know that the rest of us mere peasants have to pay for health insurance out of pocket), you get another $36,123 on average of additional coverage. At this rate, why should anyone go to college? Seriously, just join the Scranton government and work for one of its departments, preferably the police or fire department. Become a policeman or a Fireman and you will live do amazing. I mean it makes sense why the city is falling apart and people are moving out en masse; the government made it clear that it exists for itself and not the people of Scranton.

It is similar to how medieval kingdoms used to run. The king and princes would live in the castle while the rest of us peasants would toil in the fields. The king and his men would then of course come and take the crop we worked and labored hard for-yeah that’s called tax. This is so the king and his men can live splendid and decadent lives. If you are not a government employee, you are just out of luck. The perks for working for the government means a great base salary in a place that already has a low standard of living. You have free healthcare. And a retirement package that will insure you will be able to retire comfortably at age 45. Since people are living longer, that means you get a whole other life time to live on the public dole without having to lift a finger. Yes, while the rest of us have to prolong our retirement to work, government affiliates do not have to worry about this. Who they have to think for all for this majesty? Well, You of course, the tax payer. This is what your taxes are paying for. When you combine all the salaries, health benefits, other salaries, and pensions these government workers get, you come at this astonishing figure $61,750,449.02.

Even if I do take 2015 actuals and add the TAN(Tax Anticipation Notes i.e loans), you still have a budget where 75% is allocated to compensation. This will insure that the long term liabilities of the city keeps getting larger and larger because the Scranton government is not paying these debts down. No matter how you cut it, your money is being used to make sure other people beside you and your family live really well! The Scranton people must really love their government. They, the government, get to live amazing lives because of the Scranton people. Let’s be honest, the taxes the city of Scranton people are paying is going to compensation. While Scrantonians struggle and are subjected to increase taxation, closing businesses, blighted homes, broken roads, old street lamps and dwindling to nonexistent job opportunities, crime, and corruption you can rest assured that the government workers are living good and are being well taken care of- that is assuming you were worried.

Thus, I guess the rebuke was right. I was wrong. Why should the Scranton government invest in the city when it can invest in itself? People of Scranton, if you are wondering where all the fees, taxes, and payments you pay are going towards, look no further, now you know.

 

Gary St. Fleur
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Complete breakdown

Office Of Mayor Standard salary 121,588.27
Other Salary (misc) 0
Over time 0
Total Employee Compensation 121,588.27
Bureau of Police Standard salary $10,447,246.48
Other Salary (misc) $180,906.00
Longevity Salary $796,791.02
Overtime Salary $500,000.00
Court Appearance Salary $130,000.00
Uniform Allowance $115,850.00
Health Insurance-Police Union $5,057,326.00
Life/Disability Insurance $208,801.00
City 10% Early Retirement $153,045.00
City Pension $6,274,672.00
Police Education Allowance $60,000.00
Social Security $449,002.00
Total Employee Compensation $24,373,639.50
Bureau of Fire Standard Salary $9,662,046.13
Other Salary (MISC) $376,233.00
Overtime Salary $779,020.90
Longevity Salary $250,000.00
Uniform Allowance $98,550.00
Health Insurance-Fire Union $5,279,814.00
Life/Disability Insurance $192,322.00
City 10% Early Retirement $119,335.00
City Pension $6,274,672.00
Total Employee Compensation $23,031,993.03
City Clerk/City Council Standard Salary $230,473.42
Other Salary (misc) $0.00
Longevity Salary $3,425.13
Overtime Salary $500.00
Total Compensation $234,398.55
City Controller Standard salary $235,339.93
Other Salary (misc) $10,000.00
Longevity Salary $3,417.71
Overtime Salary $0.00
Total Employee Compensation $248,757.64
Bureau of Administration(business Admin) Standard Salary $340,068.71
Other Salary (misc) $3,300.00
Longevity Salary $3,329.99
Overtime Salary $0.00
Health Insurance-Clerical Union $1,385,132.00
Health Insurance-Non Union $926,485.00
Life/Disability Insurance $52,500.00
City Pension $1,014,228.00
Social Security $175,789.00
Unemployment Insurance $65,000.00
Total Employee Compensation $3,965,832.70
Bureau of Human Resources Standard Salary $200,219.21
Other Salary (misc) $1,000.00
Longevity Salary $3,805.72
Overtime Salary $0.00
Total Employee Compensation $205,024.93
Bureau of Information Technology Standard salary $108,507.69
Other Salary (misc) $0.00
Longevity Salary $0.00
Overtime Salary $0.00
Total Employee Compensation $108,507.69
Bureau of Treasury Standard salary $110,395.51
Other Salary (misc) $0.00
Longevity Salary $2,825.02
Overtime Salary $0.00
Total Employee Compensation $113,220.53
Office Of Economic & Community
Development (OECD)
Standard salary $665,928.88
Total Compensation $665,928.88
Bureau of Licenses, Inspection & Permits Standard salary $715,850.61
Other Salary (misc) $7,500.00
Longevity Salary $34,966.84
Overtime Salary $6,500.00
Uniform Allowance(AUT0) $12,500.00
Total Compensation $777,317.45
Bureau of Building Standard salary $114,925.61
Other Salary (misc) $1,600.00
Longevity Salary $6,412.35
Overtime Salary $1,000.00
Uniform Allowance $1,280.00
Total Employee Compensation $125,217.96
Law Department Standard salary $157,477.85
Other Salary (misc) $752.96
Longevity Salary $0.00
Overtime Salary $0.00
Total Employee Compensation $158,230.81
Bureau of Administration(Public works) Standard salary $161,991.29
Other Salary (misc) $2,000.00
Longevity Salary $8,008.28
Overtime Salary $0.00
Health Insurance- DPW Union $1,800,000.00
Life/Disability Insurance $0.00
I.A.M Pension $303,344.00
Social Security $351,100.00
Total Employee Compensation $2,626,443.57
Bureau of Engineering Standard Salary $115,149.67
Other salary (MISC) $375.14
Longevity Salary $4,041.73
Overtime Salary $5,500.00
Uniform Allowance $3,128.21
Total Employee Compensation $128,194.75
Bureau of Highways Standard salary $1,176,311.21
Other Salary (misc) $0.00
Longevity Salary $86,863.78
Overtime Salary $150,000.00
Uniform Allowance $11,340.00
Total Employee Compensation $1,424,514.99
Bureau of Refuse Standard salary $2,115,449.76
Other Salary (misc) $143,385.31
Longevity Salary $64,668.68
Overtime Salary $150,000.00
Uniform allowance $19,320.00
Total Compensation $2,492,823.75
Bureau of Garages Standard Salary $361,485.17
Other Salary (MISC) $0.00
Longevity Salary $24,546.33
Overtime Salary $32,500.00
Uniform Allowance $3,360.00
Total Employee Compensation $421,891.50
Bureau of Parks & Recreation Standard Salary $391,926.01
Other Salary (MISC) $120,424.10
Longevity Salary $19,742.90
Overtime Salary $17,500.00
Uniform Allowance $2,520.00
Total Employee Compensation $552,113.01
Tax Office Standard Salary $387,804.96
Other Salary (misc) $2,500.00
Overtime Salary $3,500.00
Health Insurance- Single Tax Office $287,635.55
Total Employee Compensation $681,440.51

 

Statements

Budget
bud2
Bureau of Fire

bof

Bureau of Police

bop

Bureau of Administration(Department of Business)

 

boadob

Bureau of Human Resources

bohr

Bureau Of Administration (Public Works)

boapw

Bureau of Highway

boh

Bureau of Refuse

BOR

City Council/City Clerk

cccc

City Controller

cc

Bureau of Technology

bot

Office of Mayor

bom

Bureau of Treasury

bota

Economic Development

ed

License and Permits

lp

Bureau of Building

Bob

Legal Department LD

 

Department of Engineering

doe

Bureau of Garages

BOG

Bureau of Parks and Recreation

bopac

Tax Office

to

Complete budget here:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48182083/Scranton%202016%20city%20budget%20proposed%2011-11-15.pdf

 

5 thoughts on “The Scranton Government Payment Package

  1. love how you put it in there face like that, hope people finally see what we see. the whole Scranton government from the school board to the courts and mayor are corrupt and stealing from the people as they bully with the power granted by the people. its time to fully reform. abolish what is there and rebuild it. i had to leave with my family because i just could not take it anymore.

    The tree of liberty must be replenished on the blood of tyrants and patriots. (BF) if you are not going to replenish it then you will eat rotten fruit from it.

  2. Let’s not forget that salaries and compensation packages are negotiated through unions. The issues that exist now with these departments were set in place decades ago and are now coming to a head because the union control of the governmental negotiations left very little options.

    I’m not excusing the responsibility of those in government, but it’s hard to negotiate with bullies who have their own agenda and will cause the police and/or fire department to strike if they don’t get their way. Just a thought…

    • I read an earlier post and I agree that we are getting cheated by the government. We should all stop paying the Scranton government taxes. They are just stealing our money!

  3. I couldn’t agree more with Leo’s comment. Is Scranton really going to be the next Detroit?! These things are happening in plain sight and your doing an excellent job of putting everything out in the forefront. What we need is more people who give a damn to make a change!

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