Posted by: "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE" | January 6, 2010

Proposal to reduce 5th District Supervisors Salary

I, Jeffrey Lytle, am submitting a friendly challenge to all 5th District Supervisor Candidates to mandate that,

 “if elected to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, said elected will pledge to cut the position’s salary base no less than a minimum 33% and demand that those taxpayers monies be re-classified, re-allocated and re-appropriated back toward 5th District needs; and, that those redirected funds will not be associated with any other board, commission, committee, agency, municipality, etc., advisory in nature or not, and regardless of political jurisdictions – either locally, State or Federal.”

Note: emphasis being that the money hits the ground in the unincorporated areas. The reality is that a public petition process shall most likely be necessary in order to ~~~~~~ separate each supervisor position’s salary from another so as to allow individual reductions for the term of that specific supervisor choosing to do so ~~~~~~~In other words, encourage the local union representing county employees on the merit that a county employee (The People are the employer) has a right to take less money for a service rendered which will never be exactly like any other service rendered by any other supervisor. Labor is not equal in and of itself.

       Many people are struggling, just lucky enough to make it from paycheck to paycheck; and , for those who are less fortunate, we can only hope for the best. With all that is before us today, it is with absolute importance that we, as a community, navigate through these hard times with a focus toward social and economic unity. It is these times and past, when people have experienced fluctuations with their comfort levels, emotional and physical, that public funding has been debated and scrutinized with regard to fiscal responsibility and proper stewardship for the most basic of public services. After all, we are supposed to be a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

       Fiscal Responsibility includes many “technical things” for which an acting steward of the people should have, but nothing more important is, “that of what is inside that person” – character. Character is showing continual good faith toward honesty, being forthright and candid, having openness and transparency, being a stickler for facts, etc…; and, believe it or not, being able to understand the needs of many who have made their own sacrifices and expect the same of public officials too.

       For so many years, elected officials have given themselves raises, benefits, and other privileges that many citizens in the private sector could only dream of receiving. At the end of the day, medical costs, healthcare prevention examinations, gas cards, opportunities to travel and mingle, fine dining and entertainments, etc… are what taxpayers can base their comparisons on with regard to personal comfort levels. Most elected officials simply do not feel the economic poking and prodding that affects the incomes of so many community members not in a position of privilege. The Board of Supervisors voted themselves a raise in 2005 and again this past year. With better paying jobs lacking in availability due to a diminished local industry base, now is no better time than to give back to the people what the people have been giving for years – tax monies.

9% raise over 3 years  * T-S Article – Sept. 17 — Supes’ raises — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to authorize a 3 percent increase in their salaries for the next three years.

Supes Hiring Freeze/Furlough Plan * Supes Take Final Vote * Raises spread around * L.T.T.E. – Pay Raise Wrong

Note: Please leave a “respectful” suggestion of where this extra money could be better spent within the boundaries of the 5th District.

Jeffrey Lytle – Humboldt County 5th District Supervisor candidate



  1. A shout out to the new CAO, Good job!

    T-S article on 02-08-10

    >>>>>>County Administrative Officer Phillip Smith-Hanes is recommending the board only make minimal adjustments on Tuesday, but then provide direction for policy changes concerning employee compensation, a stricter hiring freeze, loan repayments, and next year’s budget preparation.

    Smith-Hanes is also requesting a voluntary furlough for his position, with a maximum pay cut of 10 percent. <<<<<<<<

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District


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