To The Daily Sun,
Despite some recent revelations about the level of compensation and benefits being paid to government and school employees in the Lakes Region, the taxpaying citizenry is still faced with a significant lack of transparency. I respectfully suggest that the press is well situated to remedy this situation and to do so would be in the most noble traditions of a free press.
Specifically, I suggest that the lead taken by the Union Leader be followed, namely a routine publication over several daily editions of all employees of the cities, towns and school in the Lakes Region, indicating by name and position, length of employment, base compensation, and total taxpayer expense, including benefits for each individual. This is information that each citizen and taxpayer has a true right to know.
A good place to start would be with the City of Laconia and the Town of Gilford.
If one looks at the Annual Report of the Town of Gilford, one can see the expenditures during the past year by the town for each vendor. Although each vendor is identified and the amount(s) paid is stated, there is no explanation. But everyone probably already knows that our biggest expense is personnel costs and benefits, so that is a key disclosure that is not yet being made.
As far as privacy concerns of individuals, I respectfully suggest that when one accepts employment by the government, including the public schools, he or she gives up any right to privacy as far as their compensation and benefits, which we, the taxpayers, are paying.
Norman J. Silber
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