Menlo Park voters will see a ballot initiative in the November election on pension reform, now that the City Council has voted to send the initiative to the ballot.
The vote was unanimous at the council's meeting Tuesday, May 19. Rather than send the initiative to voters, the council could have chosen to adopt it, without a vote of the people.
But council members said they wanted the public to weigh in on the issue. The initiative would create a "two-tier" system under which new city employees (excluding police officers) would receive lower retirement benefits than current employees.
Any future increases in retirement benefits would require voter approval, and any increases could not retroactively apply to current employees.
Advocates of the initiative say it will help to control the city's long-term costs.