Hernando Today unveils government salary database

The administrative heads of the county’s parks and recreation departments, Pat Fagan and Harry Johnson, make a combined $145,388 a year, not including benefits.

Fagan also makes $33,452 as a county school board member.

Who says education doesn’t pay? There are 222 educators in Hernando County who make between $56,000 and $75,000 a year.

While most are administrative positions, such as assistant principals and supervisors, more than three dozen are teachers.

Between the three of them, the trio of chiefs at the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office – Royce Decker, Michael Maurer and William Kickliter – make $290,000.

Hernando’s five county commissioners get a state-set salary of $61,506 a year.

Brooksville City Manager Jennene Norman-Vacha makes $89,336 annually.

All the above salaries do not include health and other benefits.

Hernando Today is unveiling a new database with 285,000 names comparing thousands of education, law enforcement and government jobs in the county and state.

Ever wonder how your salary compares to others in your community?

Wonder no more.

For the first time in one easy-to-access site, you can find out how much your child’s teacher makes, how much the local deputy is drawing each year or what a custodian for Hernando County government earns.

You can also go straight to the top adminisatrive jobs and view salaries of school principal, government department heads and other top wage earners.

Want to know who’s making more or less than the $29,224, the average annual wage in Hernando County?

Go to the data base and click on income parameters for each agency and it will tell you.

The information, all public record, is provided to help people get a feel for how their tax dollars are being spent, which is of special significance as local governments prepare for a tough budget year.

Users can break out the numbers according to gender, income, race, employer and hire dates. All statistics are current as of May 2010. The database will be updated every six months.

To access the site, visit: http://www2.tbo.com/static/news-special-reports-data-bay/tbo-special-reports-database-hillsborough-salaries/

Reporter Michael D. Bates can be reached at 352-544-5290 or mbates@hernandotoday.com.

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