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  • iopsyc Jun 4, 2014

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    Generally speaking, it costs more to employ someone than just what you pay them. There are several legally required benefits such as Social Security, Unemployment Insurance; and some that are not required by law such as pensions and supplemental insurances. Benefits in the private industry are (on average) 30% of the total compensation cost. Benefits in state and local government are slightly better at 35% (on average). Assuming Raleigh is near the national average, the $73k per position would be roughly $48k in salary and the remainder in benefits paid by the city.

  • smcallah Jun 4, 2014

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    Health insurance? Life insurance? Pensions? The employer's half of FICA tax? Ever heard of those? Those are part of most people's salaries, police or not.

  • smcallah Jun 4, 2014

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    What could possibly be wrong with a police radio?

    Do you believe that they last forever with no wear and tear whatsoever with them being used every day?

  • ncprr1 Jun 4, 2014

    More taxes to pay for more government employees. Also, why do people vote yes on all of these bonds and then complain when their taxes go up? Never vote for any tax increase, ever. Let them figure out how to make due with what they already take from you. Otherwise, it will never end, they will always want more, until they have it all.

  • Joseph Smith Jun 4, 2014

    The cancer keeps growing. Must have more.

  • William Teach Jun 4, 2014

    Regarding the fire station, 30 positions cost $1.8 million? That comes to $60,000 per job.

    The nine new police officer positions average just over $73,000 each.

    Seriously? I think will all agree that those are important positions, but the costs might be overboard.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jun 4, 2014

    You sounded off, feel better?

    Now get ready to pay more. They already decided that before the few of you showed last night.

  • Forthe Newssite Jun 4, 2014

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    I was going to bring up the same question BUT when salaries are posted most of the time the figure quoted INCLUDES all the benefits as well. Now granted, I don't know what benefits the LEOs get but I would assume health care, 401 contributions-those could bring up the total over takehome
    {guessing, not sure}

  • Jackson Smith Jun 4, 2014

    I have been told for 5 years that Sandy Forks would be fixed. Now it is another 2.5 years and $10 million. way to go NC and Raleigh. You spent 4 years fighting over who was responsible. NO INCREASE

  • deeznuutz Jun 4, 2014

    9 new police officer positions for $658,000??? That comes out to $73,111 per position. That is far more than what an officer gets paid, so where is the other money going?

  • George George Jun 4, 2014

    Once the city replaces the garbage trucks, updates software, etc will they roll back the $1 per month increase in garbage fees? I would think not.
    Also what could possibly be wrong with a police radio?
    Raleigh City Council sure is cavalier with taxpayer money.

  • OmegaBaby Jun 4, 2014

    @areyououtofyourmind - Yes...people in general don't realize just how expensive it is to build and maintain roads and bridges. If they knew, they wouldn't complain about the gas tax so much.

    In general, people who complain about taxes don't even know what that tax money goes towards. You just hear general complaints about "government waste" because they simply don't know. I've never heard a politician come up with specific examples of significant waste. You think it wouldn't be hard to come up with a list of waste that makes up 10%, or even 1% of the budget.

  • Forthe Newssite Jun 4, 2014

    I voted AGAINST the bond because I knew taxes would go up, wasn't sure how much but.....

    now folks are all upset over it. They SHOULD HAVE BEEN upset and voted against the bond.

    And that is an ABSURD cost per mile for resurfacing.....someone care to justify that ?

  • areyououtofyourmind Jun 3, 2014

    Wow! I had no idea it was that expensive to repave a road. That breaks down to $166,667 per mile!

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