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Council Kicks $452 Million Benefits Can Down The Road

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio
 

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

The Sacramento City Council has declined the city finance department's request to vote on a range of  options for dealing  with $452 million in unfunded medical benefits.

The options included abolishing all medical benefits, reducing benefits by half or requiring employees and the city to increase their contributions to a medical benefit trust fund.

The range of options could save the city between $31 million and $269 million.

The city identified Firefighters Local 522 as having the highest benefits -- 40 percent of the benefits due, despite having only 20 percent of the city's employees.

The proposals will now go before the council's Law and Legislation Committee.