I recently attended a Candidate Speaking in Brock at the Brock Community Center. It was a well managed event and I would like to thank the Brock community for hosting the candidate forum. All the candidates were given an opportunity to speak and afterwards questions were taken from the audience. One question that was posed for the County Tax Assessor candidates was concerning whether or not the candidates were currently receiving a county retirement check in addition to a county salary. I answered “no” because I have not retired. My opponent, Ms. King answered “yes”, that she is currently receiving both her county salary check and a county retirement check.
Ms. King also indicated that she proudly takes both checks because she “has earned them.” I was taken-a-back by the hubris of Ms. King’s answer. In this tight economy some people can’t even get a job and Ms. King says she is proud to be double dipping at taxpayer’s expense.
In the interest of open government and transparency, let’s look at the facts. Ms. King began receiving her county retirement benefit check in 2001 when she retired from the county. She was re-elected to her old job in 2009, and continued to receive her county retirement benefit check along with her new current salary. The county retirement check Ms. King is receiving is partially funded with your tax dollars along with her current salary, also funded with your tax dollars. Now in 2012, she is asking the voters of Parker County to elect her for a fifth term and continue to pay her double for another four years!
I believe it is excessive and unreasonable to expect taxpayers to actually double pay an elected official for the same job they were performing before they retired. I believe it is an injustice. Especially when you consider that she is actually building another retirement nest egg with her current salary and benefits package as Parker County’s Tax Assessor-Collector. Does this injustice indicate a lack of respect for taxpayer’s dollars? I would like to ask, can the taxpayers of Parker County afford Ms. King‘s double dipping at tax payers expense.
Candidate for Tax-Assessor Collector
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