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No. of high-paid town employees skyrockets

May 18, 2012

Updated 5/19/12 with new information.

The number of town employees earning over $100,000 per year increased substantially between 2010 and 2011, a new 180 analysis has found. The number of employees earning over $80,000 also rocketed up significantly last year.

The town of Walpole has reached a point where it is very top-heavy with salaries, as the number of employees earning over $70,000 also increased while the number of those under $70,000 continues to plummet. This alarming trend threatens to continue into the future if major reforms are not made in the town’s payroll structure.

Newly available on the SamObar.com Walpole Spending webpage on Friday morning is the entire 2011 town of Walpole payroll in Excel format. It is available in alphabetical order by employee’s last name and ranked from highest salary to lowest. This information is available yearly in the town report, but is only available in an Excel, sortable format here on 180.

If you would like to download the entire Excel spreadsheet to print it or sort it yourself, within the viewer window you may go to “File” then “Download as…” and download it as an Excel spreadsheet or as a .pdf file.

180 already posted the entire Walpole School district payroll available here.

Some interesting facts about the 2011 Town of Walpole Payroll:

Total town payroll in 2011 was $44,981,623.75, an increase of $1,757,614.37 from 2010 when the total payroll was $43,224,009.38.

Despite the increase in cost, the total number of employees on the payroll was 1401, a decrease of 24 from 2010. In summary, salaries are going up while head counts are going down as teachers are slashed and the town makes modest personnel consolidations.

For the umpteenth year in a row, more than half of Walpole’s sworn police officers collected over $100,000 in 2011.

For the umpteenth year in a row, a police officer topped the list of salaries and raked in the most out of all town employees.

Town Administrator Michael Boynton saw his salary increase by almost $5,000 between 2010 and 2011. School Superintendent Lincoln Lynch saw a smaller increase of around $3,000. Other top officials saw their salaries increase by similar amounts. This occurred while Town Administrators and School Superintendents in other area towns have given up pay raises like Foxborough and Mansfield.

Total number of town employees earning OVER $100,000 was 39 in 2011, an increase of 8 from 2010, and an increase of 9 from 2009.

Total number of town employees earning OVER $80,000 was 154 in 2011, an increase of 47 from 2010, and an increase of 62 from 2009.

Total number of town employees earning OVER $100,000 as a base salary (not including stipends/overtime) was 18 in 2011, an increase of 5 from 2010 and an increase of 6 from 2009.

Total number of town employees earning OVER $80,000 as a base salary (not including stipends/overtime) was 85 in 2011, an increase of 35 from 2010, and an increase of 38 from 2009.

Total number of town employees earning OVER $70,000 was 284 in 2011, an increase of 49 from 2010, and an increase of 63 from 2009.

Between 2010 and 2011, the number of employees earning less than $70,000 went down from 1,193 in 2010 to 1,116 in 2011 – a drop of 77. This continues a downward trend from 2009, when 1,200 employees earned less than $70,000.

I don’t blame readers if they are surprised by the above numbers, because Town Hall keeps saying we have a revenue problem, not a costs/spending problem. And NO, you can not blame Special Ed. mandates on everything (nice try!) We have a cost problem! Time to deal with the the elephant in the room! See specific solutions to address our fiscal crisis here.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Robert G Luce permalink
    May 20, 2012 12:50 PM

    good job We Need to defeat the override and stop credit card spending in walpole

  2. August 22, 2012 9:36 PM

    Reblogged this on Sam Obar 180 and commented:

    This problem has not gone away with the passage of the override.

    • vze39cwp1@verizon.net permalink
      August 23, 2012 11:43 AM

      old news as you help push these big spender back in office you need a new theme oyur news is old news Sam ask the chief about the ivestergating going on that you said i was not telling the truth well if you want to be a reporter you need to dig deeper try Attorny Genrals office civil rights TRy sec of state public info dept your to tied up in touting your own horn seem the walpole times has requisted info from wpd and there getting stone walled you have to look for the truth chief is not going to give it to you

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