A data request submitted by Tallahassee Reports, and quick turn-around from city officials, have led to detailed information on how the City Commissioners obtained an employer paid deferred compensation benefit on the order of $20,000 a year.
This is what we know:
- The benefit was passed on April 13, 2005 by a 4-1 one vote.
- Those who voted for the benefit were Marks, Gillum, Katz, and Lightsey. Mustian voted against the measure.
- The language included in the item produced by city officials states the option was described as “approve extension of the deferred compensation benefit currently provided to city manager and city attorney to all elected and appointed officials.”
- The vote made the action retroactive to September 2004.
Based on this information, Tallahassee Reports has submitted another data request seeking further clarification.
I’m proud of Mustian but not surprised.
I wonder, though, what some of those fellows do with all the money they rake in one way or another. Recent information, for example, coming out of the Ethics Commission hearings looking into Commissioner Katz’s dealings with BG@E as their lawyer at the same time he was on the Commission and BG@E was before the Commission, reveals that he gets over $400.00 an hour for his counsel and has multi-houred, $200.00 lunches over which the counsel is dispensed.
Of course, everything costs more these days;
$3.50 for a gallon of milk and $2.50 for a loaf of bread (one of which is likely adulterated and the other is mostly air.)