Detroit’s water department pays $56,245 every year for a horseshoer, even though it doesn’t own any horses.
The Michigan Capitol Confidential reports:
Despite having no horses, the water and sewerage department for the city of Detroit employs a horseshoer.
Yet even with a department so bloated that it has a horseshoer and no horses, the local union president said it is “not possible” to eliminate positions.
The city pays $29,245 in salary and about $27,000 in benefits for the horseshoer position.
This is why some people are always saying that we need to raise taxes, and why they also want the federal government to give more funding to the cities. Instead of getting rid of government waste such as this, they would rather raise taxes, and use the federal government to force the more responsible cities to bail out Detroit’s irresponsible behavior.
Personally, I would rather cut government waste.