Commissioner Kopas Donates Pay Increase to Charity

GREENSBURG (January 31) –Westmoreland County Commissioner Ted Kopas today announced that he will not accept a pay raise for 2011 and will instead donate the money to four local charitable organizations.

“After just eight months in office I am not comfortable accepting a pay raise,” Commissioner Kopas said. “I am confident that this money will be put to good use by four outstanding nonprofit organizations that have a profound impact in making our county a better place.”

Commissioner Kopas pledged donations to the following organizations:

Blackburn Center Against Domestic and Sexual Violence which provides services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault;

Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children which provides educational, vocational and residential services for children and adults with developmental disabilities;

Westmoreland County Firemen’s Association which serves as an information exchange for local fire departments and also offers benefits for families of fallen firefighters; and

Westmoreland Land Trust whose mission is to balance development and preservation by protecting areas of special interest in the county.

Since a 1996 ordinance, cost-of-living adjustments for Westmoreland County’s elected officials have been based on the regional consumer price index. This year, that rate is 1.67 percent.

“In addition to refusing a pay raise, I have also pledged to never accept a county car, mileage reimbursement or cell phone,” Commissioner Kopas said. My focus as county commissioner is on public service, not self-service.”

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