Try counting to a million.

Prepare to be pissed, ye Burghers.

Internal Revenue Service records show that William W. Millar received $348,353 in salary and $110,183 in deferred compensation in 2004 as president/chief executive officer of the Washington, D.C.-based American Public Transportation Association.  At the same time, the Port Authority of Allegheny County sent him a $5,258 monthly pension check and paid for his health, vision, dental and prescription insurance even though he left as authority CEO more than a decade ago.

The financially troubled transit agency’s highest pension recipient, by far, is Paul Skoutelas, 53, another former CEO, who is collecting $8,566 a month.

So when transit cuts force you to catch a bus 45 minutes earlier than you would like, then transfer to two other buses just to get your hot ass downtown for work, I hope you’ll be able to take some deep breaths and maybe count to a million so that the boiling anger in your head doesn’t blow out your eardrums.

Good luck with that.





2 Comments

  1. Ken Zapinski
    March 19, 2007 2:14 pm

    As the Allegheny Conference has been working on the transit issue for more than a year now, our work identified early on that the personnel costs, both wages and benefits, were a major issue with the Port Authority. Unfortunately, this Post-Gazette story produces a lot of heat (and understandable outrage from readers, no doubt) but not a lot of light on the problem.

    Total pension expenses for the budget year starting July 1 are $19.9 million, out of a $359 million budget with an $80 million deficit. Eliminate half the pension expense, and you haven’t made an appreciable dent in the deficit. On health care, though, the expense is $68.6 million per year, and close to half of that total is a result of the “free health care for life” that nearly all of the Port Authority’s 3,200 retirees — both management and union — receive.

    If nothing changes, that ever-growing health-care number will strangle the system.

    Ken Zapinski
    Sr. Vice President, Transportation & Infrastructure
    Allegheny Conference on Community Development

    BTW, when is the ’07 season premiere of “The Shield?”



  2. Steeler Tom
    March 20, 2007 12:00 am

    Must be nice!
    I wonder if the Port Authority has veteran’s preferance when they hire someone…..
    My military retirement after almost 21 years of service is only $1300.00/month.

    With a retirement system like the Port’s I’d work for them for 20 years just for 1/2 of what they are getting & I don’t need healthcare as I pay for my Tricare for life ($700/ year, Nope you don’t get it for free!)