January 6, 2013 – Cash-strapped Wayne County (Baa2 / 944313DS1) spends almost $50 million a year on appointee salaries and benefits, providing its 288 appointed county government workers an average salary of $95,381, according to data obtained by the Free Press. The county’s benefit plans are calculated to cost 81% of payroll, pushing the average cost per appointee to more than $172,639 a year. An analysis by the Free Press shows Oakland and Macomb counties have far fewer appointees and spend far less. Meanwhile Wayne is fighting chronic deficits estimated by state auditors to run between $25 million and $35 million a year.
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