GUEST OPINION: The train wreck ahead for Sonoma County - Watch Sonoma County

WatchSonomaCounty.JPGBy KEN CHURCHILL

Here is the gravity of our county’s financial situation. From 1991 to 2000, the county spent $108 million on pensions, an average of $10.8 million per year.

From 2001 to 2010, the county spent $302 million on pensions, but ended the decade with a $330 million liability and $515 million in pension bond debt. Added together, the average cost was $114.5 million per year, 10 times more than the previous decade.

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