If Oakley residents are tired of paying pensions to City Councilmembers, then anyone in office who is running for re-election this November may have a tough time getting re-elected with the anti-pension movement striking through the County.
If I am a candidate, I pretty much campaign on, “vote for me, I do not get a pension unlike the current councilmembers in office”. Regardless of how small this pension actually is, you bring up pensions and it’s a slam dunk!
While the City Council did vote 5-0 to eliminate pensions on future City Councilmembers, I’d like to address a few things Rowena Coetsee left out of her article this morning.
- Anyone elected to the council had no choice on whether or not to accept a pension or not. It was automatic so none of them had a choice. So really, my statement above does not fly to those who actually are paying attention to the history–problem is, not many people care about the history, they see dollar signs!
- This was brought up by Councilman Jim Frazier to end pensions–he pushed for it being retroactive to the current council, but the law did not allow it.