Thursday, December 1, 2016

Vernon, California: More Public Employees Than Residents

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Vernon, California is so famous for its history of corruption that it was the municipal star of season two of HBO’s “True Detective” series. Now the tiny L.A. County city can claim another achievement: Vernon is the only California city with more public employees than residents.
Vernon’s 210 residents are served by 271 city employees, according to data on the California state controller’s website. .........Public employees in Vernon earn an average of $107,848 (plus benefits of $37,571).......While many of Vernon’s city employees continue earn six-figure salaries, the average city resident earns far less. Per capita income in 2010 was $19,973. Median household income in 2010 was $38,500 – down dramatically from 2000, when it was over $60,000. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 5% of the population lived below the federal poverty line. In 2000, it was 0%. ....How does the city fund that dramatic gap in income? By taxing utilities for industry in the city. To Read More....

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