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Montgomery councilman seeks to end special pension contributions to aid credit rating

Montgomery County

Montgomery County council member Phil Andrews proposed legislation Tuesday that would end controversial retirement benefits known as "phantom" cost of living increases.

Under an agreement last year, the county makes contributions to the pensions of general government workers, fire fighters and police based on raises they did not receive. Ending that practice would save $7.2 million in the next fiscal year and more than $200 million over 40 years, Andrews said.

The proposal comes as the Moody's bond rating agency has put the county on a watch list for a rating downgrade because revenues are down further than expected and officials are relying on the county's reserve fund.

The union representing general county workers, the Municipal & County Government Employees Organization, is organizing a rally at the county council building Tuesday to launch their "budget battle." Union leaders say their members are being asked to make unfair sacrifices.

County executive Isiah Leggett has proposed a 10-day furlough for many government workers and the elimination of more than 200 filled positions. Leggett's proposal also eliminates raises and cost of living adjustments.

-- Michael Laris

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  April 6, 2010; 3:43 PM ET
Categories:  Michael Laris , Montgomery County  
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Andrews is incorrect he is trying to convert county employees into state employees, the difference is that county employees are excellent professionals paid as they deserve, state on the other hand are those who have a degree but can't make it in any other place than the state and get paid nothing and work under crucial situations. For example one of my siblings works for the state in the county, her manager is a HS graduate, she uses drugs, has children from different men, smokes all day, she takes breaks five or six times a day and works only 20 hrs of the 40 she's supposed to work. As you can imagine this manager hired her friends who are like her, they have a business on the side and do business while working. Now the question is where are the bosses? they are the professionals who can't make it in any other place, so they also bring their pets, or their 3 children to work, close their eyes to any wrong doing and claim that one more load of work and they will move to private employer. What about the taxpayers when we go to this public/state agency for services?
The difference with the county is that you get professional services from well paid employees, I'm one of them. I work very hard, more than 40 hrs a week, I get excellent reviews from my peers and bosses, I deliver the best customer service and have turn around the place where I work in a positive and professional place to work and to receive services. Now, the questions is when I go to buy my groceries the attendant doesn't recognize me as an employee and says "we won't charge you the increase in prices because you don't get your increase either" wherever I go I pay more now, the gasoline, the cleaners, the mechanic, the car wash, nail place etc. etc. So why should I be penalize and not receive COLA increase or step increase. See? Andrews is very wrong, he should leave public service.

Posted by: Happyimmigrant | April 7, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

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