Tax Payer bedtime story
• October 26, 2011
• By: Steve Balich
Once upon a time in beautiful Homer Glen, there was a retired man that was hired part time by a Home Owners Association to maintain the subdivision. His job paid $10 Hr. and consisted of making sure there was no trash on the street. He worked 2 hrs. per day, and since there was not much trash to pick up in the street, he expanded the scope on his own to the front lawns of the people in the sub-division. Everyone loved this guy, and saw a real value in what he was doing. There are 100 homes paying his salary so the $100 per week only cost each resident $1 per week.
Now this old guy likes working and the idea of everyone liking him. He tells the residents he would like to expand his duties to making sure the side walks are shoveled in the winter. These tasks are welcomed to be added to the old guy’s duties. His pay would now be increased 50 cents to $10.50 and he would be paid by the hour with a 2 hour guarantee each day. His base pay is now $105 per week, and after the first winter passed he logged 120 Hrs shoveling snow costing $1260. His pay with a small increase went from $5200 per year to $6720 or $1.30 per home per week. Some people were getting upset with the added costs, but still saw a value. The old guy going into his 3rd year of doing a great job asked the association for a raise of 50 cents which increased his pay to $11 per hr. Assuming he worked the same amount of time he now gets paid $7040 per year or $1.36 per home per week.
Taking the example of Government the old guy sees his chance to expand the scope of his duties by asking to increase his hours to include shoveling driveways for seniors that were unable to do it. The compassionate Residents agreed and after the first snow, the old guy found he did not have enough time to get all this work done so he asked the association to hire him a helper at $10 per hr. and give him a raise to 11.50 since he is now a supervisor. The home owners did not want to be mean spirited by not helping the seniors so it was agreed. The Old guy’s base is now $5980 plus 120Hrs shoveling snow giving him $7360 per year and his helper $1,200 per year or 1.65 per week per home.
Like any government employee who is doing a good job, they expect a raise which shows the association is happy with their job performance, so each employee is given an additional 50 cent per hour. The helper is angry because he is doing the same work as his supervisor and wants a bigger raise. There is hostility because the pay schedule is not fair. The helper comes to work angry, and does not work as hard. The Supervisor wants to get rid of the helper, but can’t come up with a substantial reason. The helper slips on the ice and sues the association for an injured back. The Insurance rate is increased and the Board of the association figures they will vote to terminate the position because it is getting to costly. Some residents are mad because they are now responsible to take care of their own property. Others are angry about the excessive cost they are expected to share. While others have no clue why they can’t afford to live there anymore, but feel forced to move to a cheaper neighborhood.
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