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Residents React to High Paid City Employees

Redwood City residents responded negatively to hearing news that 43 city employees earn over $250,000 per year

Residents React to High Paid City Employees

New records have shown that of the City of Redwood City earn more than $250,000 per year including benefits.

Patch took a walk downtown to talk to residents and get their take on the high number of city employees making top dollar.

"I think it's ridiculous," said Jim Comstock. "I can't really say much more than that."

Some residents viewed the high pay of city employees as having a direct trade off effect on other service cuts.

Gonzalo Alvarez, who works with Redwood City school children critiqued the high employee pay especially when contrasted with cuts to education.

"That money could be used for after school programs," said Alvarez.

Others expressed concerns that city employees are already given job security and as a result do not need high salaries as well.

"The city should be on the same level as the private sector," said Sasha Hunt.

Hunt added that she does not believe the city employees put in the requisite work to be worthy of high salaries.

"City workers lack the ambition to do better," said Hunt.

Only one resident came to the defense of the high paid employees.

"If they're really helping and doing what they're supposed to do then I guess that's cool, if they're worth it," said Steven Licatesi.

Though many residents expressed the sentiment, Adam Keb said it most succinctly.

"Gee, I want to be paid that much."

For the full list of employees making over $250,000, click .

 

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