Government official declines bonus

August 14, 2010

The manager of a small village on the shores of Lake Tahoe declined his $25,000 annual bonus, saying he wants to set an example for his employees. [MercuryNews]

Incline Village General Improvement District General Manager Bill Horn said he refused the bonus because nearly 30 other managers and employees were denied their bonuses earlier in the year and if he was going to ask them to make sacrifices, he needs to do the same.

Horn receives a salary of $164,000 per year.

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While I commend Bill Horn, I don’t believe that any Government Officials should be receiving bonus’s right now. It makes me sick to think that gov is handing other gov a bonus at all.

This seems an oversimplification and therefore dangerous if taken seriously by anyone in a policy creating position. ALL government officials should be denied bonuses? Please clarify. Private sector employees should also be denied bonuses? All economic incentives should be outlawed? Every human should have equal compensation? Level of physical and intellectual ability should be quantified and compensated based on percentage of total potential reached? Morality should be dictated based on black and white criteria and should be compensated on a credit system? Where do you see and end to the ripples of your latest thrown pebble?

– Now THAT is leadership.

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