Good money manager
This is in response to Westmoreland County Court employee Jackie Lucchetti’s Aug. 29 letter criticizing Commissioner Tom Balya for looking out for the taxpayers (” Just a decent wage “). Mr. Balya has consistently managed the county budget aggressively, and while his decisions have made him unpopular with bureaucrats like Lucchetti, he’s been the top vote-getter each time he has run.
In typical self-serving fashion, Lucchetti misses Balya’s point that it is the collective payroll and other costs that adversely affect the county’s budget. Is Balya to wait until we have a situation like Pittsburgh’s before he tries to get payroll costs under controlâ¢
The cheap shot Lucchetti takes at Balya is ridiculous. He was elected to his job. How did Lucchetti get her jobâ¢ Balya voted against a pay raise for commissioners and has donated his raise to charity each year. Also, he is the chief elected official with responsibility for a $300 million operation. How many chief executive officers of $300 million corporations make $60,000 per year?
In these tough economic times, it is whining public-sector employees like Lucchetti who make people cynical about government. With more than 3 million people losing jobs in the last few years, Lucchetti should be happy she has her cushy government job that no one elected her to have.