Comment 29788

By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted March 27, 2009 at 16:22:20

According to city documents, employee costs are 579M in Hamilton (2009). On the city website, it tells us that there are 9000 city employees. This means that the average earnings for a city employee is $64,000. According to the 2006 census, average FAMILY income (includes wages and other income) in Hamilton (2005) was 66,810. Therefore, if you are an average city employee you make in wages what an average (likely two earner) family makes from all sources of income.

The only conclusion I can draw from these numbers, is that city employees enjoy higher wages than the average Hamilton taxpayer.
If average city employee wages were brought down to the average Hamilton taxpayers wages, then this would free up additional income for taxpayers to spend on things that matter to them. It would also shrink the size of government and increase the amount of money that could be spent at local business and for private sector employees, like those who work at Stelco, etc.

Does anybody else think it's wrong for the city employees to earn more than the average Hamilton taxpayer?

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