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Monday, October 27, 2008

Counties Lose $100,000. As PA Welches On Agreement To Pay For Full Time District Attorneys

Potter County will have to come up with more than $100,000 extra to cover the District Attorney’s salary this year, now that the state has failed to honor a commitment to pay its share.

The Potter County Commissioners have joined a statewide lobbying effort pushing the state to meet its funding obligations, but each county in Pennsylvania has been advised to prepare for the worst.

Pa. Act 57 of 2005, which changed the DA position to full-time, with an annual salary of $156,000, included a state commitment to provide 65 percent of the amount, or some $101,400. The county was responsible for the remaining $54,600.


The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania is encouraging citizens to contact their state senators and representatives in support of the reimbursement to counties.

22 comments :

Anonymous said...

Can't that salary be rolled back?
Other people in other industries have roll backs. It seems like
quite a steep salary to begin with.
And this large an outlay is quite
extravagant for Potter County.

Anonymous said...

State sets the salary at something like 90 percent of what the judge's salary is. So the state ought to pay its d#@&^% share of it!

Anonymous said...

$156,000? WHAT?

Anonymous said...

Well if the state doesn't live up to their obligation, don't expect the citizen's of Potter County to come up with this money - a part time DA would be just fine thank you!

Anonymous said...

Can someone see what the 156,000 covers?? Does it possibly include the wages for a secretary the DA has and or any other expenses for running the DA office??

Anonymous said...

Before anyone hits on our DA to hard about making 156,000, maybe she should be asked some questions like, how many hours a week she puts in, how many cases has she represented in court since taking the office. 156,000 does sound like an extreme amount of money, especially for an employee within Potter County. I do not now the DA, I just do not like it when someone gets bashed, then the questions get asked later.

Anonymous said...

Nope. The $156,000 is the DA's salary alone.

Anonymous said...

Nice work if you can get it. Rollback, advertise for the position, put it up for bid, just don't pick our pockets again!

Anonymous said...

ditto..great question.

Anonymous said...

The $156,000.00 is solely the D.A.'s salary-not the Assistant D.A.'s salary,not the clerical staff's salary and benefits.
Until the last term, The D.A. made about $42,000.00/year.
Maybe the D.A. will accept the $56,000 and allow the taxpayers of Potter County to keep the $100,000.00

Anonymous said...

ANOTHER "DEMOCRAT PROMISE"
that shafted everyone

remember this on Nov 4th when you vote

Anonymous said...

FAST EDDIE stuck it to POTTER COUNTY again.
along with other counties that cannot afford this salary, although it is needed,but it is just another democrat promise that we will take care of you while pulling your wallet out behind your back,,,sounds like OBAMA'S
promise of change!!!
He should be saying I will take what the state left and "distribute the wealth"

Anonymous said...

Eddie needed a semi load of cheese steaks!

Anonymous said...

Fast Eddie takes care of his union buddies from Phila. & Pitts. that are in his back pocket...we do not have enough industry in Potter County to be important enough!

Anonymous said...

yum yum, I like cheese steaks with cheese wiz..

Anonymous said...

Check the area Schools Super's salary and see if you think the DA's is too much. I have a feeling the DA's job discription is far greater!

Rep.Chick said...

Right there with ya on the Schools Super's salaries...
how would you feel with a new one on the payroll that would like a raise in the first year AND the summer off?

His side kick, the very verbal business manager hiring an assistant? She said she could do the job when she was hired but then "family" was hired as her helper?! Seems to me Rodney C. did it for years, and a fine job I might add!

Then she requested a raise for herself within the first year AND the summer off as well! This is a joke!

DannyB said...

Rep Chick...i agree with your comments. Rod did a fine job for years all on his own. Maybe the School Supers are trying to become politicians!!

Mr. Negative said...

It sounds to me like the DA will need to take an involuntary pay cut. Everyone else is tightening their belts this year...the DA should also....

Anonymous said...

Are you sure the Business Manager asked for summers off? I also didn't realize she hired someone in her family, just checking to be sure this is correct? How long did the family member actually work, are they still there?

Anonymous said...

Back to original topic, "The DA's" salary, it is sickening to see Mr. Rendell cutting things like this, especially when you go thru the state budget, millions are spent on pork in Pennsylvania! I believe one pork item is 12.5 million dollars of our tax dollars being given to a privately owned business in Tioga County to build a resort, come on here. Thats a drop in the bucket if you look at the pork being spent in Philly and surrounding areas. Even if our economy is good, why should our tax money be spent like this? Makes Sarah Palin look mighty good to me!!

Rep.Chick said...

"Are you sure the Business Manager asked for summers off? I also didn't realize she hired someone in her family, just checking to be sure this is correct"

Yes, both the new Super and the business managers raises were brought up at the same school board meeting.

Yes, she requested a raise for herself AND the summers off.

Yes, her niece was hired to work with her in her office.

I do not know if she is still working in the busniness managers office now.

At that time they were voted down...
There will be a school board member not running do to not getting his paper work done on time and I feel he is the reason these raises were not granted.
So hold on NoPo, because it will probable be brought up again and this time it will probable be granted!

"12.5 million dollars of our tax dollars being given to a privately owned business in Tioga County to build a resort"

This is just unbelievable! This kind of money SHOULD be helping our senior citizens in our state.