Letter for Nov. 17, 2014

• Incentives, not raises, the way to go

Incentives, not raises, the way to go

Instead of raises there should be incentives to these mangers and department heads. Allow the department to give out incentive awards based on cost reduction and improved efficiency over the previous year. As an example, if the 2014 budget for parks was $15 million and they were able through improved efficiency to reduce costs to $14.8 million in 2015 (1.3 percent savings) they would get 20 percent of the savings for incentive awards. No one person could receive more that 1.3 percent of their salary in awards.

This would truly make managers accountable and have a stake in the game to reduce costs. This also ensures that the awards only go to those department heads and managers that truly deserve the awards.

Understand, this would be a difficult concept for most in the public sector to fully grasp. We need fundamental change to include reduction in salaries of our elected officials. Each and every elected official should offer today to return to the County of Kauai at least 10 percent of their salary, better offer would be to reduce their salaries to their 2008 level.

Until this county gets out of the present serious financial condition, we can’t afford any increased spending. Mandated increases to collective bargaining must be offset with reduction in other places of the budget. Simply stated, the well has run dry and there is no more money!

Bruce Newport

Kekaha

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