Our “Big Dogs” email blast prompted an article by the Daily Herald.
Behrend said taxpayers no longer can afford what the group considers to be excessive salaries and pensions for government employees such as Ellis, whose base went from $120,585 in 2000 to $259,252 in 2011. He questioned how Ellis more than doubled his pay in 11 years.
“Is paying this guy this much money the best use of our tax dollars?” Behrend said.
Grayslake Mayor Rhett Taylor said while he understands the criticism of Ellis’ compensation, village residents are receiving good value. He said Ellis has kept the village debt-free, saved money by outsourcing jobs typically performed by municipal employees and crafts balanced budgets.
We don’t have anything personal against these high-earning city managers. We just can’t afford them anymore. The number of people, their salaries, their end-of-career-spikes, and their pensions, are simply destroying the state.
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