City Council Eyeing Surplus to Shore Up Pension Shortfall
Original post made by Rick on Feb 10, 2011
The public was invited to comment on the proposals and thats when things began to get a bit raucous. On one side, those that wanted public employees to contribute more to their pensions. On the other side were public employees and their supporters.
Each side was cheering and booing speakers as they took the michrophone and Mayor Jennifer Hosterman tried in vain to maintain order.
The council appears to be favoring approving the new contract which would raise employees contributions by 2%. Mayor Hosterman, Matt Sulivan and Cheryl Cooke-Kuleo signaled they will move forward and approve the contract. Cincy Mcgovern and Jerry Thorne appeared to be willing to reopen negotiations with the union.
Near the end of the meeting, Bart Hughes, who is leading the charge to reform pension benefits was sparing with Mayor Hosterman. The Mayor scolded him for asking questions he already knew the answers to. Among them were, "Under this contract, will the pension liability go up or down"? The city manager, Nelson Fiahlo answered "it will go up". Mayor Hosterman was fuming.
The Mayor said she was upset by the tone of the meeting and appeared to scold those trying to rein in pensions. In the end she proclaimed that she promised in negotiations with the union that she would get a 5-0 vote to approve the contract. That appears to be in question