Thursday, September 08, 2005

$124,419

$124,419 is the salary paid to Mayor David Roberts by the City of Hoboken, New Jersey. This number deserves some comparison.

Hoboken is a city of about 40,000 people (38,577 according to the 2000 U.S. Census). That is over $3 in salary for each man, woman and child in Hoboken. In contrast, Jersey City, which borders Hoboken to the south, is a city of over 240,000 people (2000 U.S. Census) and its mayor makes a mere $98,363 a year. That's a bargain -- just about 41 cents per person. The governor of New Jersey has a maximum salary of $175,000 a year (note, that even Jim McGreevy did not draw his full salary, instead accepting just under $160,000 of that allowed by law). With about 8,000,000 people in the state, that is less than 3 cents per citizen.

Applying the same formula to New York City, with a 2000 population of 8,008,278, would benefit even a mayor of Michael Bloomberg's immense wealth -- his salary at $3 per person would be over $24,000,000. New York's mayoral salary is (or at least was in 2001) $195,000 -- just $70,000 more than Mayor Roberts. Mayor Bloomberg receives a salary of just $1.

Without any discussion of Mayor Robert's performance, I think his salary is too high for the job he has. Hoboken is unique and has some issues that require the mayor's attention. But at $124,419 a year he is one of the highest payed elected officials in the state, yet he governs just 1 of the 7,417 square miles in the state.

The Hoboken mayor's salary should be reduced.

Take a read about how much mayors in New Jersey make:

http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/index.ssf?/base/news-0/112608435968070.xml&coll=3

Comments:
like tumbler and tipsy days hopefully we will remain in high spirits. well, good day
 
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