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B. Allen (user 429) - Comments by Date

After reading Budget Memo #3, dated March 7, 2014, I cannot believe the City Manger, thinks that $264,598 the cost of the retirees' life insurance for one year is going to break the City's budget.

Also, when I started working for the City in the early 1960's, employees paid a percentage of their salary into their retirement, it was not until the early 1980's the City started paying for our retirement. However, we had a price to pay for this, we had to start working a 40 hour week, instead of 32 hours, with no increase in our salaries. We also, didn't get cost of living increases during the early 1980's.

Again, as a retiree, I am asking the City Council to honor the benifits that was promised to retirees.

B. Allen (429) | User | March 13, 2014 - 3:38 PM | FY 2015 Budget Comments

I worked for the City for 42 years before retiring in 2003, now the City wants to stop funding my life insurance costs. I am 70 years old and cannot afford to purchase life insurance on the open market. This benefit was promised to all retires and now you want to take it away from us, after I gave you over 42 years of service. Like P.Jones stated the current City Manager didn't contribute the great City, it was the former employees made the City what it is today. Also, noticed the City Manager doesn't stay in one job long enough to build up any kind of retirement. I would understand, if the City stopped paying life insurance cost for employees with less than 5 years and any future employees, they are young and can afford to purchase life insurance. Retires cannot afford this additional cost. Therefore, I am asking the City to reconsider not stopping the funding of life insurance for emplyees who have retired.

B. Allen (429) | User | March 1, 2014 - 9:42 AM | FY 2015 Budget Comments

B. Allen (user 429) - Comments by Board

FY 2015 Budget Comments

After reading Budget Memo #3, dated March 7, 2014, I cannot believe the City Manger, thinks that $264,598 the cost of the retirees' life insurance for one year is going to break the City's budget.

Also, when I started working for the City in the early 1960's, employees paid a percentage of their salary into their retirement, it was not until the early 1980's the City started paying for our retirement. However, we had a price to pay for this, we had to start working a 40 hour week, instead of 32 hours, with no increase in our salaries. We also, didn't get cost of living increases during the early 1980's.

Again, as a retiree, I am asking the City Council to honor the benifits that was promised to retirees.

B. Allen (429) | User | March 13, 2014 - 3:38 PM

I worked for the City for 42 years before retiring in 2003, now the City wants to stop funding my life insurance costs. I am 70 years old and cannot afford to purchase life insurance on the open market. This benefit was promised to all retires and now you want to take it away from us, after I gave you over 42 years of service. Like P.Jones stated the current City Manager didn't contribute the great City, it was the former employees made the City what it is today. Also, noticed the City Manager doesn't stay in one job long enough to build up any kind of retirement. I would understand, if the City stopped paying life insurance cost for employees with less than 5 years and any future employees, they are young and can afford to purchase life insurance. Retires cannot afford this additional cost. Therefore, I am asking the City to reconsider not stopping the funding of life insurance for emplyees who have retired.

B. Allen (429) | User | March 1, 2014 - 9:42 AM