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Menlo fire board OKs budget, eliminates new positions

Original post made on Jul 6, 2020

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District board unanimously approved a new budget June 16 after removing funds for proposed new positions and staff reclassifications.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, July 6, 2020, 11:19 AM

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 6, 2020 at 4:52 pm

Really - how can the FD justify that many more positions? Has the FD expanded that much that it needs 6 battalion chiefs for a total of 13 chiefs officers? When other agencies are tightening belts to save money, it doesn't play well that the FD wants to expand.

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Posted by Brian
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 7, 2020 at 12:30 pm


The Menlo Park Fire Protection District has always had too much money and spends it unwisely, but they don't care because we keep paying taxes and they keep getting the money. I will congratulate them for dropping to second (2018) in the state for average salaries of any special district (2nd of 3,108 special districts). They had been first for many years. Though I feel it only fair to point out the district that is in first place has about 1/3 of the number of employees and contributes about half as much to Health and retirement benefits. Link to the data below.

33 employees of the MPFPD took home over $300,000.00 Dollars in total compensation in 2019 (that is salary, overtime and benefits). That seems excessive to me. Even more excessive is that 7 people took home over $100,000.00 in over time, that is close to what they earned in regular pay for the year. If that much overtime is required wouldn't it make sense to fill that position full time ( after all you are paying the person 1.5 to 2.0 times their base salary for OT. ) But they have no reason to be fiscally responsible since they money just keep flowing from our pockets to theirs.

2018 Average Pay for Special Districts:
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2019 Total Compensation from the highest:
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2019 overtime for the MPFPD:
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Posted by John Ullom
a resident of another community
on Jul 7, 2020 at 12:37 pm

Virginia Chang Kiraly used to pretend at being a Republican. She wants to be on the Board of Supervisors so she finds it to her benefit to give the Unions as much as she can. Now Kiraly is pretending to be a Democrat. She has even changed party affiliations. She has given the unions at the Harbor District 5% raises for the next three years. Harbor District employment costs have soared under her leadership. She has given the Firefighters everything she can and then some. The Unions love the fact that under her leadership MPFD fire fighters are the highest paid in all of California. She has been rewarded with the endorsement of the San Mateo Labor Council: -- Web Link

Virginia Chang Kiraly is buying votes. You are going to pay for them. Deal with it.

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Posted by Myomy
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 7, 2020 at 3:55 pm

It’s sure nice to see elected officials stand up to the status quo from time-to-time. Thank you board for your leadership. Maybe your example will catch on with others.

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