EDITORIAL - Rather than perpetuating a story in search of a scandal, let's take a moment and discuss employee compensation and of course, look at the facts. I cannot speak to the intent behind the recent editorials in the Madera Tribune, but many people have expressed legitimate concerns regarding employee compensation which lend fair questions. The public absolutely deserves to know how their money is being spent. Employee compensation is public information that is a part of the policy process and requires review. Madera's employee compensation information, along with all other California cities, is published and made available to the public every year.
During the recession our city squeezed and stretched every dollar we could; we did more with less and still provided the best service delivery for Madera. The effects of the recession were devastating to a large number of residents and homeowners in Madera and City Hall was no different. The City strategically absorbed retirements and open positions and redistributed work amongst remaining employees. All departments cut their operating budgets and employees took cuts to their compensation. During this difficult economic time, while other public entities in California were filing for bankruptcy, I am proud to say that the City of Madera had no layoffs to any of its employees and fared much better than most cities around the State. During the recession, we grew our monetary reserves to insure continuity of the services our citizens expect.