A couple of years ago, we found out that county sheriffs were getting a total compensation package many of us found unreasonable," Buell said.
The pay issue drew Buell's attention after The Indianapolis Star two years ago revealed that, in 2005, Marion County Sheriff Frank Anderson made nearly $268,000 from fees on tax collections on top of his salary of about $100,000.
That total approaches the salary of the president of the United States. At the time, it was also more than what Gov. Mitch Daniels, then-Mayor Bart Peterson, Police Chief Michael Spears and the average Hoosier earned combined.
Responding to negative public reaction, Anderson returned a separate $50,000 salary increase. In 2006, Anderson's tax collection fee earnings dropped to $175,414.
This is a change that is long over due. The taxpayers owe Buell a debt of gratitude for pushing this legislative idea along. Let's hope it doesn't get lost in the wild coming weeks remaining in this legislative session.