County cites “erroneous methodology” in column by SES Foundation board member in The Union

The Friday memo from the county cited an “erroneous methodology” in resident Mike McDaniel’s “Other Voices” that ran in The Union on Feb. 25. McDaniel is a board member of the SES Foundation. He co-authored what he calls a “prophetic” report titled “Unfunded Liabilities — Our Community’s Fiscal Time Bombs.” The county cited oversimplified analysis in that report as well, as reported previously.

Here’s what the Friday memo said:

Pension Liability Article
This past Saturday there was an Other Voices opinion article that grossly overstated the cost per county employee at $222,000.  The fully loaded cost per employee is well below half of that erroneous number.  This outrageous statement was apparently derived at by the author because he divided the entire County budget by the number of employees currently budgeted.  This was an erroneous methodology.

Enough said. But don’t count on it being enough for this group.

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2 thoughts on “County cites “erroneous methodology” in column by SES Foundation board member in The Union”

  1. I think it is extremely important that Mike McDaniel respond to what is being alleged in this memo. If he doesn’t respond, any subsequent article by Mike on this subject that doesn’t address Rick Haffey’s claim will not bear much weight.

    Let’s hope Mike McDaniel addresses Haffey’s memo sooner rather than later.

  2. No word from Rebane or McDaniel, but SES Foundation Board Members Pruett and Steele weigh in with a “non-response” response, complete with more outrageous statements such as likening the Rood Center’s handling of this matter to the 12 steps of alcoholism:

    You can’t make this stuff up. Perhaps it can be addressed in their next “lecture series.”

    I wonder if The Union will bother to check with the Rood Center, since it chose to run this article. Is there fact checking going on?

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