I just noticed on the 2007 budget for the Shiawassee Health Department that they are forecasting bringing in $41,300 in fees in the soil erosion program.
They got lucky when the Board gave them the work.
This new source of revenue will cover the salary of the lowest paid Sanitarian. (Well, the 2nd lowest paid … the lowest paid was laid off)
I don’t know how much in soil erosion fees the Drain Office was bringing in each year, but Bernie was vouchering a good chunk of those fees, and he was accused of taking $32,000 over 14 years. The demand for soil erosion inspections is tied directly to building, and building is down in Shiawassee. So if the Health Department figures it will make $41,300 off these inspections in 2007, then I’m just going to guess that they have raised the fees for these inspections through the proverbial roof.
It’s interesting, if you’re a wonk like me.
I wonder what else we’ll find in the Health Dept. budget if we poke around.
The first thing I notice, in just looking at the non-rep (non-union) salaries, is that Director George Pichette makes $79,720 … more than any of our elected officials, and nearly as much as a state legislator. I also see that the department has its own IS person on at $51,837, which was a surprise to me because I thought there was one IS person for all departments in the county. Not to mention that information work can be outsourced and performed by a small business that can do it cheaper, better, and faster. This seems like a silly expense.
The next thing I notice on page 2 of the budget (expenditures) is that salaries have been reduced by over $288,000, which I am guessing is due to cutting the MIHP and laying off 8 nurses. (2 non-reps were also laid off). However salaries are still $1,563,738. Of that, $645,101 are the administrative salaries listed here.
Oh, and unemployment is up $73,000.
Something just seems wrong here.
Here are my documents … click on the images for bigger pics. PDF documents are on the way.