Politics

Times-Union sues Mayor Brown and pension boards

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown's administration along with the Police and Fire Pension board violated Florida's Sunshine Law by allegedly conducting collective bargaining negotiations in private meetings, according to the Florida Times-Union. The Times-Union filed a lawsuit Thursday in Duval County Circuit Court.

On May 8, Brown announced a new pension reform deal that will save taxpayers nearly $1.1 billion over the next 30 years.

The city and unions ironed out the deal in private during mediation stemming from a federal lawsuit to determine whether the city should negotiate benefits with the unions or the pension fund, the Times-Union said.

Audit of COJ pension program finds serious problems

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An independent audit of the City of Jacksonville's pension plan has found multiple, serious problems.

The audit looked at the General Employees and Correction Officers Retirement Plans and looked at 60 new retirees from the 2010-2011 year.  In just that sampling, the audit found that there was an overpayment of thousands of dollars.  According to our news partners at the Florida Times Union, the city says the retirees will not have to pay that money back.

Although in the audit, the pension office says it will ask the Board to seek repayment from one former employee who was overpaid by around $7,000.

The audit found timing problems with retirees getting their first pension check, which resulted in an underpayment of around $4,000.

Cop, firefighters file lawsuit against Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An 80-page lawsuit against the City of Jacksonville has been filed in Federal Court.

It was filed by three firefighters and one police officer in the city over pension reform.

READ THE FULL LAWSUIT

Pension reform has been one of Mayor Alvin Brown's major platforms for the city of Jacksonville. He has said it is crucial to the financial health of the city. But now, four city employees are fighting back.

The firefighters and police officer reference a deal both unions made with the city that keeps their current pension deal through 2030. 

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