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Pasco's Hildebrand hit for "triple dipping"



Conroyflier015_2 Outgunned 13-to-1 in fund-raising, Democratic challenger Terri Conroy is distributing fliers ripping Republican County Commissioner Ann Hildebrand for "triple dipping."

The Times revealed this that Hildebrand was among thousands of "double dippers" who took a so-called retirement option, but still stayed on the employment rolls. That gave her an $80,000 salary and  $33,000 in pension payments for 2007.

But Conroy's flier upped the ante by adding a third issue: the 70-year-old Hildebrand received $20,000 in Social Security checks in 2007, too.

"It's not that it's fair -- it's true," Conroy said, calling Hildebrand out of touch.

Hildebrand, a commissioner since 1984, came to Pasco in 1971 as a social worker. Previously, she expressed regret over the double-dipping move. But she resisted firing back at Conroy (who was a delinquent taxpayer this year ) after a forum Tuesday night. "I don't get into that," Hildebrand said, adding she would stay "positive."

-- David DeCamp, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:38am]


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