Schools Supt. Ralph Iassogna earned the most money in 2009-2010, and nine other educators fell in behind him to round out the top 10 earners in town.
District officials' salaries ranged from Iassogna's $191,692 to several school principals' salaries of $137,319, according figures released by the school district.
The administrators' salaries caught the eye of Town Council Member Tony Scinto, R-7, at a budget workshop in .
"I'm not saying it's wrong. It just looks bad," Scinto told school officials.
Iassogna replied that the town is following contracts, and that administrators in other towns make more. He has said he's refused two raises and put a third raise back into the district.
Topping the pay scale on the townside was Finance Director Maria Pires, at $117,104, followed closely behind by Police Chief Thomas Kiely with $113,554. Third was Public Works Director John Marsilio at $105,685.
Five police lieutenants made the bottom of the list with $89,476. First Selectman Tim Herbst makes $98,701.
Herbst has said his salary is at 2007 levels.
Finally, the top two delinquent taxpayers are Francis F. Daddario, owing $239,097, and Corporate Drive Business Park, $115,391. The town's tax rate is 24.54 mills, and a mill is $1 per $1,000 of assessed value.
The town has increased its collection of automobile, personal property and real estate taxes beyond 99 percent, said Town Treasurer John Ponzio.
Tax Collector Mary Moran said she and her staff of three full time workers and one part-time worker are talking to people personally about their debts.
She explained that Francis D'Addario owns land with cell phone towers on it. "It's been delinquent for a long time but we're trying to make an effort there. I don't give up," Moran said.
The Corporate Park debt rises from different offices in the complex, which contains numerous businesses, she added.
As for the rest, Moran said, "I'm making personal phone calls, trying to make arrangements."
While she cannot by law reduce interest, she can set up payment schedules.
"People feel that we care. We're trying to give it a personal touch," Moran said.
Following is the list of top earners and tax delinquents:
Top 10 Education Earners:
- Supt. Ralph Iassogna, $191,692
- Asst. Supt. Gary Cialfi, $151,213
- Principal Robert Tremaglio, $149,471
- Principal Gary Kunschaft, $148,221
- Principal Jacqueline Norcel, $138,069
- Principal Robert Gabriel, $137,319
- Principal Valerie Forshaw, $137,319
- Principal Rosemary Seaman, $137,319
- Principal Patricia Colello, $137,319
- Principal Charlotte Janis, $137,319
- Former Daniels Farm School Principal Gail Karwoski, $137,319
- Principal Dana Pierce, $137,319
Top Townside Earners:
- Finance Director Maria Pires, $117,104
- Police Chief Thomas Kiely, $113,544
- Public Works Director John Marsilio, $105,685
- Deputy Police Chief Glenn Byrnes, $104,758
- Deputy Police Chief Michael Harry, $104,758
- First Selectman Tim Herbst, $98,701
- Town Engineer Steve Savarese, $93,560
- Police Lt. Ron Kirby, $89,476
- Police Lt. Tom Savarese, $89,476
- Police Lt. Scott Sikora, $89,476
- Police Lt. Richard Applebaum, $89,476
- Police Lt. Keith Golding, $89,476
Top 10 Tax Delinquents:
- Francis F. D'Addario, $239,097
- Corporate Drive Business Park, $115,391
- MIT Partners, LLC, $44,867
- Susan C. Fracker, $34,809
- UOK LLC, $30,484
- Viade Development LLC, $26,835
- Professional Office of Trumbull In, $25,456
- Michael A. and Helene B. Knopick, $24,902
- Carmen Dileo, $24,341
- Leonard Ballaro, $24,275