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In Collinsville Township, the mechanic makes more than the supervisor

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Each year the salaries of public employees such as teachers, police and politicians in southwestern Illinois are collected into a searchable database at BND.com/publicpay. Here is how much in taxes it takes to pay government workers, and how their
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Each year the salaries of public employees such as teachers, police and politicians in southwestern Illinois are collected into a searchable database at BND.com/publicpay. Here is how much in taxes it takes to pay government workers, and how their

Nearly 600 public salaries have been added to the BND’s 2017 Public Pay Database.

The salaries are from the cities of Alton and Troy; the villages of Glen Carbon and Grant Fork; Collinsville, Prairie Du Long, and Granite City Townships, and the Columbia Community Unit School District 4.

The BND each year requests salaries for public employees each year from a across the metro-east through Freedom of Information requests. They are added to the database as they come in.

The information can be searched at bnd.com/publicpay.

The totals for each unit were:

▪  City of Alton: 207 people made $12.4 million

▪  City of Troy: 48 people made $2.9 million

▪  Collinsville Township: 34 people made $1.4 million

▪  Columbia CUSD 4: 118 people made $6.5 million

▪  Granite City Township: 42 people made $830,000

▪  Prairie Du Long Township: 14 people made $58,600

▪  Village of Glen Carbon: 99 people made $4.1 million

▪  Village of Grant Fork 20 people made $140,000

The highest-paid people were:

▪  City of Alton: Jason Simmons, chief of police, $100,586.87

▪  City of Alton: Scott Waldrup, police captain, $100,247.68

▪  City of Troy: Jeff Soland, city administrator, $101,712.00

▪  City of Troy: Brad Parsons, chief of police, $90,001.60

▪  Collinsville Township: Mark Spotanski, licensed mechanic, $75,724.48

▪  Collinsville Township: Steve Hoelscher, foreman, $72,530.46

The Collinsville Township Supervisor, Terry Allan, made $66,357.20.

▪  Columbia CUSD 4: Gina Segobiano, superintendent, $137,870.00

▪  Columbia CUSD 4: Beth Horner, associate superintendent, $121,507.90

▪  Granite City Township: Deborah Gary, chief assessor, $53,700.00 (started in October)

▪  Granite City Township: Darlene Laub, township assessor, $50,500.08 (retired in October)

▪  Prairie Du Long Township: Gilbert Birkner: road commissioner, $21,600.00

▪  Prairie Du Long Township: John Kaiser, supervisor, $8,700.00

▪  Village of Glen Carbon: James Bowden, administrator, $99,351.49

▪  Village of Glen Carbon: Paul Cates, police sergeant, $93,204.67

▪  Village of Grant Fork: Glenn Huelsmann, public works, $46,643.30

▪  Village of Grant Fork: Dylan Frey, public works, $31,416.76

The BND database contains more than 140,000 public salary records since 2011.

The database gives basic compensation information and does not typically include retirement or insurance benefits, though some records may. In addition, some government bodies operate on a fiscal year, while others operate on a calendar year, so comparisons are not always the same for the exact same time period.

Also, someone’s total pay may be more than their base pay. Some teachers, for example, make extra money by coaching sports teams. And, not everyone’s salaries may be paid by that unit. Some people may be paid through grants or state or federal government.

More schools, cities, townships, villages and other layers of government in the metro-east will be added periodically.

Casey Bischel: 618-239-2655, @CaseyBischel

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