|The City of Chula Vista marks the New Year by completing pension reform with four out of five employee bargaining groups. Today, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) overwhelmingly agreed to voluntarily pay the entire employee share of their CalPERS retirement plans beginning January 14, 2011. As a part of the agreement, the 124 IAFF members have agreed to contribute 9% of their salary toward pension costs resulting in a savings of approximately $913,000 annually.
With these agreements, 769 out of 1005 employees including the Mayor and City Council will be paying the employee’s share of their CalPERS retirement plans. Once fully implemented, these contributions will generate over $4.3 million in annual taxpayer savings.
“I am pleased and proud our Chula Vista firefighters have agreed to pension reform that will provide immediate budget relief and lead to long-term financial stability to our city,” said City Manager, Jim Sandoval. “Any salary reduction is a difficult sacrifice especially during this economic time. However, this action by our firefighters demonstrates the true definition of public service which is to put service before self.”
The Chula Vista Police Officers Association (POA) has been given three proposals by City management. The City continues to await a response.
With the agreed upon pension concessions, the number of positions to be eliminated drops from 146 to 107.5. Fifty of the eliminated positions are directly attributed to the loss of the revenues associated with the defeat of Prop H, the Telecommunications User’s Tax (TUT). The City continues to move toward closing its multi-million dollar deficit beginning July 1, 2011.
City officials have finalized what public facilities they will be able to safely maintain and keep open with its new limited staffing levels. A detailed list of reduced operating hours for recreation centers, city pools, libraries and public counter hours at City Hall as well as a list of eliminated services and programs is now posted on the news section of the City’s website at www.chulavistaca.gov. All service reductions will be implemented by January 10, 2011.