CDA Press: City Wages in the Spotlight

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The city of Coeur d’Alene recently completed a study that found its employees earned 11.5 percent more than their counterparts in other cities. According to this morning's Coeur d’Alene Press, all three Coeur d’Alene mayoral candidates said it’s an area that needs to be studied to determine if wages—or jobs—should be cut.

Candidate Steve Widmyer told the Press that should he be elected he would change the salary structure to bring wages more in line with other cities around the state. Candidate Mary Souza said she would look for ways to make the city more efficient, rather than cutting jobs. She suggested combining the parks and recreation departments into one as an example. Joe Kunka, the third candidate, said he couldn’t say if city salaries should be altered without first studying job responsibilities at City Hall.

“What we need to do is we need to find out exactly what they do to earn that money,” Kunka said. “I know that my opponents are talking about coming in doing big, sweeping, massive changes. I don’t think that’s the answer.”