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Poll: Are The Retroactive Incentive Raises a Good Move?

Village administration tout move to freeze salaries and pay on 'incentivized performance' as an innovation in government, others call it a inappropriate and a squandering of money in hard times

Top administrators and the majority of the council say freezing salaries of management and non-union personnel while in turn issuing raises of up to 4 percent in both 2010 and 2011 . Unlike the past, some have argued, the village is now rewarding those who deserve to be rewarded, not simply issue a check.

But Councilman Paul Aronsohn objected. Aronsohn said management should not be taking retroactive raises while taxes shoot up over 7 percent, the village lays off 30 people and there are well-documented problems with pedestrian safety, major flooding and accessibility issues.

Let's see what you think, take our poll.

J.D. Luke November 11, 2011 at 01:17 PM
Out here in the private sector we're making do with less, rather than more, in many cases. I'm not too terribly happy financing this while stretching myself thinner.
Boyd A. Loving November 11, 2011 at 09:59 PM
The last time I checked, we're in the month of November, 2011. Why make raises retroactive to January of 2010? James; do you know why the Council agreed to such a plan?
Dominick Nizza November 12, 2011 at 11:54 AM
Boyd, why would James have any more detail information than the rest of us. Is PATCH the private spokesman for the Village?
Bill Connor November 13, 2011 at 03:09 PM
Why the need for any Scientific or other informal Polling.There is a deep recession going on and as a result excess talent for compensated positions.This is a complete Rip off of burdened taxpayers and no one seems to want to put this fact out on the Village table,
barbara November 14, 2011 at 04:22 AM
What is even more appalling is that the bonus will be added to their base salaries so they really are not "bonuses" but permanent salary increases. Let's start an occupy Ridgewood movement. More than anyone, the citizens of this village need to stand up and stop being made complete fools of by the village council. Does Village Manager "Grabbit" also have the same policy in the town where he serves as Mayor -- Upper Saddle River? Are the residents of Upper Saddle River being taken advantage of by their council members by granting large raises to municipal employees while the trees are breaking in half, the streets are unpassable with storm debris and our Village Manager couldn't even make it to an emergency meeting while the town was desparate for leadership?

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