Special District Pay Under Scrutiny
The Orange County Register, which protects its work product with a pay wall, continues to provide some excellent investigative reporting. The OC Watchdog group has done some serious digging into many important Orange County issues over the past several years.
SPECIAL DISTRICT COMPENSATION
Last weekend Teri Sforza, a tenacious and thorough reporter, provided us with a couple interesting articles on Orange County Special District pay and benefits. The first, for those of you who subscribe to the Register, is titled, "Special Districts: For most, pay tops $70,000", can be found HERE.
OC FIRE AUTORITY TOPS THE LIST
Sforza tells us that, of the 30 Orange County Special Districts, the Orange County Fire Authority has the highest average compensation at nearly $148,000. She then goes on to tell us that there was much consternation in her newsroom when she pointed out that the second-highest was the Orange County Sanitation District, at $126,000.
MESA WATER IS THIRD!
What she didn't specifically mention, but certainly caught my eye, was the fact that third on the list was little old Mesa Water at just over $110,000. This is especially interesting when you consider that Mesa Water has recently decided to raise our rates again! The other special district that serves much of our area, the Costa Mesa Sanitary District, is well down the list at number nineteen.
A FASCINATING CHART...
As part of the article Sforza provided us with the following chart. Click on the image to enlarge it for easier reading. Interesting numbers, no?