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PRESS RELEASE - Florida TaxWatch and LCI Report, "Looking at Florida's Municipal Pensions"

February 13, 2013

Florida TaxWatch and the LeRoy Collins Institute Release "Looking at Florida's Municipal Pensions"


TALLAHASSEE- Some Florida cities are taking meaningful steps towards reducing their pension liabilities, according to a Report released today by Florida TaxWatch, the statewide, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institution and government watchdog headquartered in Tallahassee, and the LeRoy Collins Institute, housed at Florida State University.

Looking at Florida's Municipal Pensions: How some Florida cities are dealing with pension funding issues highlights the steps being taken by cities like Lakeland, Miami, and Jacksonville, among others, to reduce the burden on local taxpayers as a result of promised pension benefits to municipal employees.

"A number of Florida cities are faced with significant, almost crippling liabilities in their municipal pensions that bring into question the long-term sustainability of these pension systems," said Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO of Florida TaxWatch. "This Research Report shows that while some have chosen to kick the can down the road, there are some cities stepping up and making the hard, yet necessary choices on behalf of taxpayers. Some of these solutions show that it is not just a funding problem, it is a systemic problem."

"This report examines accounts of what some cities are doing to address the funding challenges today and those looming in the future," said Dr. Carol S. Weissert, Director of the LeRoy Collins Institute and Professor of Political Science at Florida State University. "City officials have worked with their employees and their employee unions to realistically address underfunding issues in ways that best meet their own situations."