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Editorial: CAUD GM Lenny Stone makes $125,000 per year

In our opinion, not half what he's worth, but the amount is posted at his request and in the spirit of the Public's Right to Know. By law, his and all other public salaries are public. Governor Steve Beshear's administration set an example for all governments within the Commonwealth: Any state employee's salary is open records on the State's Website. No matter what the reason - just being nosey or you need to know - it's public information somewhere on Ky.gov. (Anyone who has the URL: notify us and we'll post)

By Ed Waggener

Lenny Stone called CM wanting to be the first governmental CEO to announce his salary: It's $125,000 per year as General Manager of the Columbai/Adair County Utilities District.

We did not ask for the information, but we'll post it as a favor, and will do so for other chief executives who wish keep everything transparent and out in the open..

It's a princely sum by Adair County standards, but not half what Lenny Stone woud be paid in the private sector, but it's the what the Columbia/Adair County Utilities District can pay him. And, in my estimation, he's one of a number of CEO's who, based on results (a different concept from measuring by how much work one does) is woefully undercompensated.

We hope other government chief executives will voluntarily publicize their salaries. It is, of course, public record. The hospital, the school board, fiscal court, City of Columbia and the taxing districts are required by law to provide the inforrmation, and, many entities which derive 25% or more of their budgets from taxpayer sources are also required to give full disclosure.Our thought is that taxpayers ought to look not at what the total amount of compensation paid to executives, but to Value Delivered.We believe for instance, that CJE Ann Melton, for instance, while also enjoying an income over twice the average household income for Adair County, is delivering leadership whose value is many times what she is paid. After all, Ann I, delivered more progress to Adair County than all other previous administrations put together, Ann II is second only to Ann I. On the other hand for a very few employees in government, even if they are making minimum wage, are grossly overpaid. That their employers would be better off sending them home and paying them than to let them get into mischief, to let them be The Chokepoints which impede needed work, than to let them get in the way and take up space.

They need to be run home, even if we continue to pay them a salary. They would do less harm at home. Even many so called "free" workers are in the better off home than on the job. They cost more hauling them around and feeding them than they are worth. That's the way I see it, whether it sounds Tea Party, Libertarian, Independent, or even Republican. That doesn't matter to this Democrat. Good ideas aren't found just within one party's brand. - ED WAGGENER

PS: In our opinion, each entity should publish annual salaries as part of the information they ought to have on their websites. Then, if anyone wants to know, they could find it there. However, we'd add one oughtta: The information should be One Click away from the Home Page, not obscured. -ED



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