Frequently Asked Questions - Q43


Question:

How will this proposed city charter amendment affect city employees?

Answer:

The fiscal discipline and stability engendered by this proposed amendment will help to protect the continued funding of the pension plans for City employees, preventing an Enron type retirement plan debacle. It should also lend stability and predictability to individual job security. Certainly there needs to be a reduction in personnel. City employees should be no more immune to the vagaries of the economy than employees in the private sector. But much of the reduction in personnel can come from attrition and leaving unfilled those position openings that are not critical to core City services. The City should look to cutting its “Other Services and Charges” expenditures before cutting “Personnel Related” expenditures, because over the last five years, the former has increased at over twice the rate of increase for the latter.



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