Commissioners makes budget move that will affect their individual bottom lines

Cuts per diem, mileage reimbursement


A little off the top

ARENAC COUNTY — The Arenac County Board of Commissioners (ACBC), in an effort to trim about $200,000 in county expenditures over the two years, led by example on Sept. 1, when it cut per diem rates for 2010.

“The meeting per diem rate, it was $35 (half day of meetings) and $70 (full day of meetings), we changed it a year ago to that. In 2010, we’re changing it back to $30/$60,” said ACBC Chairman Raymond Daniels.

Besides the per diem pay, commissioners are also going to work for free at two regular board meetings a month next year, meaning the $35 per commissioner per regular board meeting (held the first and third Tuesday of each month, after committee of a whole meetings in the morning) incurred by the county this year, will be wiped out completely.

“For 12 months, that’s $840,” Daniels said. “Each commissioner is giving up $840 in compensation.

“We were looking at about $10,000 (in savings), that’s $4,200 there.”

As for cutting the per diem, Arenac County Clerk Ricky Rockwell says the Arenac County Parks Board, Planning Commission, Housing Commission, election canvassers and Jury Board are all under the same per diem umbrella as the commissioners, but added the latter three wouldn’t result in huge savings.

“They (boards) only meet a few times each year,” Rockwell said. “The commissioners themselves would be the biggest per diem people.”

Daniels added the planning commission meets monthly and the parks board meets monthly for about five months of the year.

Per diem cuts are effective Jan. 1, 2010.

Mike Snyder, District III County Commissioner, also suggested during the budgeting discussions to cut commissioners’ salaries in half, from $4,000 to $2,000. No motion was made on the matter.

The motion to cut the per diems in half was made by District V Commissioner Joseph Sancimino and seconded by District I Commissioner Robert Luce. The motion to do away with per diems for afternoon business meeting for the ACBC was made by District IV Commissioner Ronald Branda and seconded by Luce.

Drive our car

Board decreases mileage reimbursement for employees

ARENAC COUNTY — Commissioners are encouraging employees of the county that travel to conduct business out of the county courthouse to take the county car, since mileage reimbursement rates are dropping by 15 cents per mile.

“We got a county car there that gets 25 miles per gallon,” said Board Chairman Raymond Daniels. “And we pay the gas for it.”

Effective Jan. 1, 2010, the mileage rate for county employees will be 40 cents per mile, down from 55 cents.

“That’s for all county employees,” Daniels added.

The motion to change the mileage rate was made by commissioner Ronald Branda and seconded by commissioner Robert Luce.

How much will the county save? Check back for updates.


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Commissioners - penny here, penny there, not! you need to have an independent work force review conducted of all departments in our county government first. Then make a good business plan to reduce the workforce and cut waste. Find the best practices and models them! They are out there and they do work! You will have to make hard choices; I just hope you will have the courage to do them. I hope that all citizens will show the same bravery and maturity. We will all need to focus on the big picture and the look down the road to improvement of services, not just cutting them. However, in reality many will just guard their “Rice Bowl,” display their loutish actions.

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