True to one of our guiding principles that government should be limited and as transparent as possible, we are providing the most recent annual payroll for the Municipality of Anchorage. We believe it is important for taxpayers to know how much their employees are being compensated. It is up to you to make the value judgment regarding fair and equitable compensation. Those government employees who provide excellent services should be recognized on a regular basis. Just as you would shop for value in a supermarket or auto dealership, you should also be very concerned about the value you receive for government services.
During most discussions on government worker compensation, the focus is usually on salaries/wages. However, as evident in the FY2017 Anchorage municipal payroll, the focus must be on the total compensation package to include benefits (which are about one-third of the cost of an employee).