That's ugly. Our salaries are public record, of course, but not thrown out for the public to see.Gedunker said:ZG our salaries were published on the web a few years ago. I had people coming into the office arguing that they paid my exact salary and they deserved the land use variance I was insisting they needed. It didn't help to argue that I was paying my salary too. (Everybody knows that city workers don't have to pay property taxes, right |-) ?)
That's the big thing that kept me from considering jobs in Colorado's ski country. The salaries weren't more than what you would see outside of ki country, the average priices of even small townhouses near Vail, Aspen, Breckenridge and similar communities was frightening, and there simply was no affordable housing within commuting distance -- often considered an hour to an hour and a half of driving over scary mountain passes. The numbers don't work with $45,000 to $50,000 salaries and $500,000 for condos larger than a walk-in closet.GeogPlanner said:sounds like a cruel game show...show a commitment to the public and on your measly salary, you *may* win a new house (or rather a chance to buy one).
This is a big problem in and around New York City too. As of now, sanitation workers are only allowed to live one county away from where they work. So, if you're a garbage person working anywhere in New York City, you can't really find any affordable housing because every surrounding county is so expensive! We're working on legislation that would ammend this law for the sanitationmen and extend this to two or three counties, I'm pretty sure that fireman and policeman have at least two counties. Regardless, it's a shame that those who devote their lives to "protect and serve" can rarely afford to live a reasonable distance from work.the north omaha star said:There was an article In The Baltimore Sun recently about public sector employees such as police and firemen not being able to afford to buy homes in the same jurisdiction as their jobsite.
FDNY and NYPD has the same problem. I know someone who lives in Albany and commutes. I guess that they are cracking down on this in these departments b/c you have to live in the city or neighboring counties.Elisabeth said:This is a big problem in and around New York City too. As of now, sanitation workers are only allowed to live one county away from where they work.
I knew many, many FDNY and NYPD guys when I was growing up in Somerset County, NJ -- not an adjacent county. I think they all had addresses in Jersey City but were truly domiciled elsewhere.GeogPlanner said:FDNY and NYPD has the same problem. I know someone who lives in Albany and commutes. I guess that they are cracking down on this in these departments b/c you have to live in the city or neighboring counties.
Well, I was NOT from the part of Somerset County where Jackie O used to go fox hunting, that's fer sure ;-) But even the poorer parts have gone way up. Mom and dad owned a duplex that they occupied. When Mom sold it '01 to move to NH, she got several thousand more than she asked for and she was quite ready to come down from her initial asking price (we thought it too high). So my experience would be that you are correct. But I can't imagine the commute on I-78 from Bethlehem each day, or on I-80 from Stroudsburg. Yikes! 8-!Mud Princess said:Gedunker, I think those FDNY and NYPD guys (and gals) must be living in Pennsylvania now. A good friend of mine lives in Somerset County, NJ, and the cost of housing there has gone WAY up.
You don't know how happy that makes me feel.Zoning Goddess said:I know FL is the subject of many going to Hell threads, but it is, for the most part, still very affordable on a planner's salary.