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Local Cost of Living Skews Low, Local Government Salaries Even Lower

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The cost of living in Columbia and Richmond counties is low compared to the national average but salaries paid by local governments are even lower.

Both Richmond County’s 5,122 employees and Columbia County’s 1,316 are paid far below the national averages for government workers, according to the...

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  1. Your comparisons don’t add up. Atlanta Airport is one of the busiest in the World and had 110+ million passengers pass through in 2019, while Augusta had about 600,000+. And yet Judon was paid approximately 2/3s as much for an airport that is less than 1/10 the size. And Fulton county has a population of over 1 million and Columbia County is about 160,000, yet you compare Scott Johnson to Richard Anderson who is only making about 30% more than Johnson. The numbers don’t lie, but if you leave out the important stuff, they sure can be made to look bad, when they are not. We may find that a lot of local government employee are overpaid compared to the work load of the average government employee nationwide. When you do diligence, you have to look at all the data, not just what fits the narrative.

  2. What I find surprising with this report, is the number of employees in Richmond County vs Columbia County. 5122 Richmond County vs 1316 Columbia County. The population of Richmond County is approx. 203000 and Columbia County is approx. 157000. That is a major difference in the workforce. How do you explain this?

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