Arbitrary salary increases

Larry Green’s letter “Perhaps a closer look at the county budget is needed” in the April 28 Culpeper Times exposed an unethical practice. He states, “One department director has received raises that translate to an approximate 60 percent salary increase during a three-year period…this extraordinary increase is based upon an impending retirement.” Pension payments are based on the salary for the final years of employment. Arbitrary salary increases for retiring employees affect county budgets. They also cause all of us to pay higher Virginia taxes to cover inflated pensions.

Catherine Murphy