Vernon Reduces City Staff Retirement Contributions

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Vernon city employees are about to see some big changes to their retirement plans.

As Vernon continues to try and dig out of hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt, city commissioners voted to go ahead and decrease the amount of retirement dollars it will match.

The Mayor said the reduction will save the city about $242,000. 

City leaders said the decrease in retirement approved Tuesday will save money Vernon desperately needs right now.

The change will not go into effect until next year, but, it is already a change that is leaving a lot of city staff very unhappy. 

“We have to stop this madness. The relationship has been destroyed between the city and the employees with the erosion of the benefits and the layoffs,” said a representative from the Vernon Police Department. 

Comments by current and former city staff are continually met with roaring applause as they fight city commissioners to keep their retirement the same. 

“Now, with the threat of messing with retirement, I think that’s the worst thing you can do,” said another representative from the Vernon Police Department. 

Currently, city staff can retire after working 25 years in the city and the city will match two to one. 

“I do hope and pray that you will keep the retirement in place and not take our raises out of the retiring,” declared a former city secretary. 

“What I wanted to remind the commissioners tonight is we’re elected to do what is fair and right for the whole community,” said Vernon Mayor, Joe Rogers.

With that mindset, the retirement was reduced 6%.

A match from the city will still be up to 200%.

“They do have a good retirement system – probably better than the rest of us have. So, I think it’s a good deal.  We just have to learn to live with what we have,” Vernon resident Nancy Seville said.

Now, the state retirement system rep said he will update city employees on how their retirement will be impacted at a meeting in early June.

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