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Pahrump Valley Gazette. Thursday, September 4, 1997 9 County OK's $58,500 salary for 15 hours per week by Brent Mathewson Ask, and you shall receive. That was the message Nye County ConsultanL Stephen Bradhurst, was left with by the time the Nye County Commission adjourned their meeting in Pahrump on August 19, 1997. By a vote of 4..1 the commission approved item 9-F which was a request by Bradhurst to the County to increase his rate of compensation from $45 per hour to $75 per hour. While casting the lone dissenting vote, Commissioner Cameron McRae alluded to reservations he had as to whether the position was worth the amount presently being paid. Bradhurst was not present at the meeting but had earlier submitted his request in writing. Upon examination, the written request appears to include statements that shade the truth by a large margin. A person could be forgiven for wondering if some statements made are nothing more than a deliberate attempt to provide misinformation to the commission and/or he public at large. As examples consider the following: Bradhurst first addresses the fiscal impact to Nye County should he receive his sought for 67 percent pay hike. He says that presently his work for Nye County involves directing the tri-county (Lincoln, Nye and White Pine Counties) water planning program. He then says his existing contract calls for Nye county to compensate him at a rate of $45 per hour, plus travel expenses. His proposed contract amend- ment calls for Nye county to compensate him at a rate of $75 per hour, plus travel expenses. Bradhurst estimates ttaat he will work 15 hours a week during the fiscal year implement- ing the tri-county water planning program. In his words and I quote; "Hence 60 hours a month and 720 hours in a year. 720 hours at $45 per hour is $32,400, and 720 at $75 is $54,000. The difference in one year is $21,600, and Nye County would pay one-third or $7,200. The fiscal year 97- 98 Tri-county water planning budget has the requisite funds to cover the increase in compensation." end of quote. Some people don't like reading figures and get lost when doing so. In any event, most reasonable people after reading Bradhurst's statement are left with the distinct impression that in granting his request for a pay increase it would cost Nye county $7,200 and that it is a budgeted item for fiscal year 97-98. What the reader needs to understand is that all these figures that Bradhurst goes into in such detail have little to do with what Bradhurst will be paid by the county in fiscal year 97-98. Bradhurst's contract with the county was al- ready broad-based and with an amendment to it approved by the Commission o0 August 19, 1997 became more so. It now reads that he will provide, "Technical and management assistance as requested by Nye County." There is certainly nothing in there that limits his ability to work only on the tri- county water planning program and nothing to indicate that his activities for the county will be so limited. It is a safe bet that the hours worked charged to Nye County by Bradhurst in fiscal year 97-98 will approximate those that he charged in fiscal year 96-97. His close relationship with the NyJe County Manager, Les Bradshaw, and his close political ties with people in positions of political power throughout Nye County'would seem to deem nothing less. Perhaps if you just fell off a turnip truck you may disagree. Interestingly enough, in fiscal year 96-97 Mr. Bradhurst billed Nye County, and was reimbursed by Nye County, at an average rate of 15 hours per week. 15 hours per week times 52 weeks a year is 780 hours. In fiscal year 96-97 Mr. Bradhurst was paid, out of Nye County account #101-111- 52318-326 sub 1901, exactly $35,092.50, plus travel ex- penses. At $45 per hour this amount equals 779 hours and 50 minutes. I for one am grateful that he didn't charge us for the Call 24 hours 727-1888  V ] Crematmn I 00irect Burial Includes: Removal from Place of death, preparation of Death Certificates and Permit, Cremation. minimum Urn. Fully Licensed P.O. Box 6000 • Suite 96 • 1161 L Rd. #2 Pahrun'. Nevada 89041 OOOOOOOO#OOOOOOOOO•OOOOOOO0 • Name: • el, Address: • • City: ................ State: ____ Zip: ......... .e • Phone: .................. Free Membership • Please rush me witfl obligation Vote  n for: • [}Cremation [ ]Burial L?JScattering • additional 10 minutes. With the county's population at approximately 35,000, I do however, have to wonder whether I got my dollar's worth. At $75 per hour Bradhurst's cost to the county for fiscal year 97-98 should come in at right around $58,500 for this part time job of his. Time will tell, and tell it must. Oh, by the way, the above mentioned Nye County account #101- 111-52318-326 was budgeted for fiscal year 96-97 at $48,000. Bradhurst was one of three entities that drew from the account during that time. The account ran 123.5 percent ($59,311.51) over budget and ended the year expending $107,311.51 of taxpayer funds. One can't help but ask the obvious question. Was Bradhursfs written statement nothing less than a blatant attempt to delude, misinform and conceal a $23,000 ex- pense to the county that will go directly into his pocket? Bradhurst's request received the enthusiastic support of Nye County Manager, Les Bradshaw. It is not felt that the county manager needs the assistance of a high priced con- sultant in order to conduct activity of this type. 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