Macon City Council members on Monday killed off Mayor Robert Reichert’s proposal to hold off on cost of living increases for city retirees.
The proposals were so controversial that it took two separate efforts in recent weeks to even get them in front of a council committee for debate. And once discussion started on the measures — which dealt separately with the city’s general employees and police/fire pension funds — they were no more popular.
They went down Tuesday on a pair of 0-4 votes in the council’s Employee Development and Compensation Committee. Keith Moffett, the mayor’s council liaison, said that settles the issue.
“We just wanted to have the discussion,” Moffett said.
Reichert had suggested the city hold off on next year’s scheduled 1.5 percent cost of living increases for retired general employees, as well as retired police officers and firefighters. Both pension funds have taken a hit in the stock market, inflation has been flat and Social Security is not giving its recipients a cost of living increase in the coming year, Reichert argued.
But retirees fought the proposal, and council members sided with them. Without a council vote to hold off on the increases, they will go into effect automatically Jan. 1.
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