Surviving the Gaebler Years |

Surviving the Gaebler Years

What do a six-figure salary, a $10,000 performance bonus, a Lexus SUV and an $18,000 retreat have in common? You don’t need to buy a vowel for this answer; they’re all being paid for with our tax dollars, thanks to the combined efforts of Ted Gaebler and our four special-interest supervisors.

While this isn’t the first time our county has been pilfered by mismanaged government spending, it won’t be the last. What will be the next necessary investment for the county: annual 25 percent CEO raises, stress-reducing trips to Disney World for department heads, performance bonuses around the board for merely doing the job you were hired to do?

As long as we are risking an $18,000 investment in our department managers, why not invest money in the dot-com market, junk bonds and Kmart stock while we’re at it? Then the county can raise our taxes faster than Ted Kennedy can finish a bottle of bourbon to avoid a countywide bankruptcy.

Since we’re paying for this little outing, why not invite the press to see exactly what goes on during these “retreats” and how our tax dollars are being spent? Unfortunately for us, the money has already been spent, and the expensive retreat is just a memory. I hope this expense will have made certain department managers develop some leadership qualities and allow them to start demonstrating some simple competence. What we need now is to see something to prove this retreat was worth the money – a pie chart, a line graph, some scribbles on a cocktail napkin, something to prove spending all this money actually amounted to something.

As local history has shown, county CEOs last about as long as the attention span of a hyperactive chihuahua. Inevitably, the county will get another CEO, but in the meantime, will Nevada County survive “the Gaebler Years”?

Jad Funk

Nevada City

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