Let's see. A 7.1 percent salary increase for the city's directors while the Department of Human Services and the County Health Department employees were mandated to take one furlough day each month (starting in November 2010) resulting in stated 3 percent annual pay cut.
Then there is the case of the police, fire department and other city employees who either lost their jobs, gave up benefits and raises for the next two years or their jobs were combined requiring them to figure out some way of getting all the work done (that was previously done by two) in an eight-hour time frame.
To state the obvious, fiscal austerity is not applicable to all and this money game kind of reminds me of the shell game I used to play as a kid.
Sandra Vande Hey