Juneau Borough Payroll Just Released; 526 Employees Cost More Than the Mayor

We all should be concerned with value whether provided by the private sector or the public sector. When we pay property taxes and other taxes to fund local government services we should also know what those taxes are paying for and if we are getting value.

One of our guiding principles at the Alaska Policy Forum is that government should be limited and as transparent as possible.  Over the past 4 years we have provided as much information that we could obtain from local/state governments and school districts.  We believe it is important for taxpayers to know how much their employees are being compensated.  It is up to those taxpayers to make the value judgment regarding fair and equitable compensation.  Likewise, government employees that provide excellent services should be recognized and rewarded.  Just as one shops for value in a supermarket, auto dealer, or snowmachine store, one should also be concerned of the value received for government services.

We have cut off the payroll (horizontal yellow line) at employee line number 584 to determine the median cost because many employees are either part-time or not full year employees.

The Total Cost of each employee is in column E, in red.

In the Juneau payroll there are 527 employees who cost more than the mayor.  The mayor cost $32,368 and is the horizontal orange line.  The median employee cost is $92,259.94, half the employees cost more and half cost less.  This is shown by the horizontal dark green line.

However, we have included the pension cost of each employee because that is an issue being discussed in the state legislature.  For ease of searching, we have highlighted the total cost of each employee to the Juneau taxpayer.   Also note that these costs are not what the employee sees in his/her paycheck.   It is the total cost of that employee to the employer, you.

We cannot validate the accuracy of the data which was furnished by the Juneau Borough.  These data are presented exactly as provided by the Borough.  We thank them for their cooperation and timeliness in providing the information.

For the Juneau payroll from highest cost to lowest cost go here.