Bend Over Taxpayers - San Jose increased spending on public employee pensions from $73 million to $245 million.
- Stockton borrowed $125 million to order to pay for enhanced pension benefits.
- Police Chiefs around the state are retiring with pensions of over $200,000 a year.
- It is a world gone mad with massive looting of the Treasury. But the only words that come out of the mouths of Leftist Democrats is the demand for more taxes.
Welcome to Greece . . . I mean California.
As some cities in the People's Republic of California face bankruptcy, public services are being slashed so unusually high pensions can stay on the books. Stockton’s former police chief rakes in a pension of more than $200,000 a year, while also working another job.
Former Stockton Police Chief Tom Morris retired with a $204,000 pension after just eight months on the job. While his California city became the largest in the US to file for bankruptcy, he moved to another city and makes an additional $76,066 salary at a new job reports RT News.
But Morris’ unusually high pension is not an isolated incident. City councils across California have allowed public safety employees to retire after working for 30 years and collect 90 per cent of their top salaries. But while raking in a sizable pension, they often take jobs elsewhere, while still in their early 50’s.
Two former police chiefs in San Bernardino receive similarly high pensions. Keith Kilmer receives $216,581 annually, while working another job. His predecessor, Michael Billdt, who has no college degree and was accused of trying to bribe an officer to withdraw a union grievance in exchange for a dropped investigation, receives $205,014.
“We have some safety retirees that are actually earning more in retirement than they earned when they were working, because they were able to manipulate the system enough in that last year that they could crank that last year’s income and then get 3 per cent times their 25 to 30 years,” said Kathy Miller, the city’s vice mayor, in an interview with Bloomberg News.
Public Pensions are BANKRUPTING California!!!! - John and Ken Show KFI 640AM
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And these pensions are significantly higher than normal – an average annual payout from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System is $36,780.
“We didn’t have very many people looking out for the taxpayers when these deals were negotiated,” San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed told Bloomberg News. In the past 10 years, his city increased retirement spending from $73 million to $245 million.
Stockton, which filed for bankruptcy protection on June 28, continues to fund expensive employee pensions that it can’t afford.
In 2007, the city borrowed $125 million with a bond issue in order to pay for enhanced pension benefits. But when the market crashed, Stockton's assets lost one third of their value, and the town still owes $124 million on the bonds.
Meanwhile, San Bernardino, which filed for bankruptcy on August 1, had already lowered its retirement age for public safety workers from 55 to 50. In the past year, the city was forced to use 13 per cent of its budget to pay for its pensions, an increase from 9 per cent in 2007.