Monday, August 25, 2008

San Antonio toll road authority members (with no toll roads) grab top salaries from taxpayers

Toll-road salaries top $1 million

August 25, 2008

Patrick Driscoll
San Antonio Express-News
Copyright 2008

A local agency's salaries and benefits to plan and eventually operate toll roads will come to $1.2 million in the upcoming fiscal year, including two people yet to be hired.

(Alamo Regional Mobility Authority)

Alamo Regional Mobility Authority leader Terry Brechtel will pull the highest pay — with a $177,407 base and up to $23,527 to cover a cost of living increase and a performance bonus.

Terry Brechtel

The $200,934 total isn't too far from the $206,000 she made in 2004 as San Antonio's city manager, when she oversaw a $1.5 billion budget and 12,000 employees. She quit that job after a run-in with then-mayor Ed Garza.

Brechtel's predecessor at the toll authority, Tom Griebel, only made $160,000 when he left at the end of 2005.

The lowest paid employee at the agency is the administrative assistant, who gets $38,183.

Two jobs — a director of toll operations ($104,771) and an attorney ($99,297) — haven't been filled yet.

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