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Viewpoint - April 10, 2013

Letter: CalPERs increase could cost $3 million

CalPERS, (the California Public Employees' Retirement System) is on the brink of raising its required contribution rates by 50 per cent over six years beginning next year.

Assuming salaries, health benefits and the number of employees stay the same, personnel costs for Menlo Park will increase by about $3 million when the changes are fully implemented. If salaries increase, the pension contribution will increase further, since pensions are based on an employee's final, best salary (and the time an employee has been in the program).

We urge the city manager and the council members to keep these projected increases in mind when renegotiating union contracts — the renegotiation process begins soon.

And we urge voters to think about what services or public works should be cut to make way for the increase, or what increase in taxes you'd be willing to pay support it.

Henry Riggs and Roy Thiele-Sardina

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