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The Alaska Policy Forum has published a list of what Anchorage is paying for city employees’ salaries and their benefits. It will give you sticker shock.

Says the Forum:

“Here are some interesting data points in the 2017 Anchorage payroll:

• 2,940 full time employees; 390 part-time/seasonal/temporary employees;• $128,162 is the average salary and benefits cost for full-time employees]• Highest cost full-time employee is a firefighter who came in at $701,476 (this apparently involved some back wages); and,• Second highest cost employee was a senior patrol officer at $450,304;• Highest cost temporary/part-time/seasonal employee is an IBEW journeyman lineman at $185,187;• One full-time employee cost the taxpayer $97,739 in overtime alone;• One part-time/temporary/seasonal employee cost the taxpayer $39,487 in overtime pay.”

Add to that, 72 percent ot the city’s workers cost the city more than $100,000 in salaries and benefits and 412 of them make more in salary and benefits than Mayor Ethan Berkowitz.

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