Salary: The auditor would be paid at least $170,000 per year, plus generous benefits. That’s more than almost any other elected official in Oregon!
|Multnomah County Chair||$173,509|
|Eugene City Auditor||$169,898|
|Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice||$150,572|
|Multnomah County Auditor||$108,621|
|Oregon Secretary of State (“state auditor”)||$77,000|
Budget: The auditor’s office would take at least $677,000 per year from the city’s general fund. That’s roughly the cost of 5 police officers or firefighters.
Arbitrary: The salary and budget figures are based on arbitrary formulas unrelated to the city’s auditing needs. The auditor would be required to spend these minimum amounts, whether needed or not.
Carpetbaggers: Measure 20-283 would open our local elections people elsewhere.
Duties: Auditor defines his/her own responsibilities, reporting to no one at all.
Priorities: Auditor sets his/her own work plan — no citizen review board.
Evaluations: Auditor not subject to annual evaluations — voters can remove from office only every four years.
Implementation: Auditor makes recommendations — but only city council or staff can implement.
Conflicts: Auditor duplicates current financial audits — sets up conflicts with city manager.
Second-Guessing: Auditor risks second-guessing city councilors — and voters who elected them.
Hidden Process: Chief petitioners developed Measure 20-283 behind closed doors, violating the very accountability and transparency they demand of others.
Hidden Research: Chief petitioners claim to have done extensive research to develop their proposal. But they have yet to publish a report of their findings from looking at how other auditors work in other communities.
Hidden Agenda: Have backers of Measure 20-283 already decided who they want to be auditor, and drafted their proposal to grease the skids for this person to take office?