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Big day for City Council

May 11, 2009

What will the Pensacola City Council do about pensions? City Manager Al Coby has recommended a study of wages and benefits. Price tag $25K. Will it accomplish anything except maintain status quo?

Councilwoman Megan Pratt offered to pension plan changes that she believes will save $2 million a year:

1) End the policy of letting employees take the best two pay years of the past five to compute their pension checks. Pratt claims that some employees rack up overtime hours close to retirement to boost their pensions.

2) Reconsider spousal benefits. Should a widow or widower continue to collect pension benefits after the employee dies?

Read more on Pratt’s recommendations.

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Pensacola Promise: Councilwoman Maren DeWeese has been working hard on presentation today about her college scholarship proposal (Read IN cover). She will need five votes to get her idea of forming a task force on the agenda for Thursday night.

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  • Robert May 11, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    I think this would be better if it was the entire county and only applied if you went to a college/university/tradeschool within the county.

    Maybe make it a loan that turns into a grant when they graduate.

    I think its an idea worth looking at mostly because I believe everyone should have the chance to further themselves no matter their imcome level or wealth.

  • So you know May 11, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Not all kids have the grades to qualify for “bright futures”. If you graduate with below a 3.0 you are ineligible. The promise as shown at Progressive Pensacola is geared more toward PJC who accepts students based on just graduating from High School.

    BTW you have to have lived in Pensacola at least the 4 years of high school to receive ANY benefit under the promise (65%). If you havent’t paid City taxes you arent going to get a City benefit.

  • Lester Feeling May 11, 2009 at 11:18 am

    The Pensacola Promise sounds great but, why would the City of Pensacola pay for college when students already have the Lotto funded Bright Futures Program from the State of Florida?