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October 22, 2014, 4:36 am
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Tabled Ordinance Keeps Costly Perk Intact, Adding To Pension Costs

An ordinance tabled by Springfield aldermen Tuesday night means a lucrative perk for nonunion city workers will stay intact... and that could have a big impact on City Hall pensions.


The ordinance would have ended the lump sum payments that workers can receive for unused sick time when they leave the city's employ.  City budget director Bill McCarty says that not only means a hefty one-time payout, the money also becomes part of the basis for determining an employee's pension... potentially boosting their payouts by thousands of dollars a year.

By tabling the ordinance, aldermen ended discussion and didn't hear those details about the impact.  Ward 6's Cory Jobe says the administration needs to communicate better with aldermen about such issues before these proposals come up for a vote.

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