Cartoon: Hey, Evanston, let's do a pay study!

Evanston aldermen tonight are scheduled to approve spending $28,000 for a consultant to study whether the city is paying its non-union employees the right amount of money.

Related document
The compensation study proposal (.pdf)



28K to study what?

You offer a certain position at a certain salary, if qaulified people apply, your at an appropriate pay level, if nobody qualified applies,  your underpaying, if too many quality candidates apply,  you've overestimated and you make lower final offers. 
Who cares what Skokie or anybody else is paying but comparable information is easily and readily available anyway.   
Just send me the 28K check.

I'll do it for 10k

Say yes and I'll start googling now. I'll get back to you in a month to make it look reasonable.

Salary study

Pay me $65/hour for one week's work (40 hrs.) and I can conduct the research and produce a nice report.  PowerPoint, if you like.