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Mayor creates Retirement Reform Task Force

10:37 AM, Jul 3, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Mayor Alvin Brown has announced the formation of the Jacksonville Retirement Reform Task Force.  The panel will consist of 11 members led by attorney William Scheu.

The Task Force will review the proposed public safety pension reform agreement, seek input from stakeholders and other interested citizens, as well as make recommendations on how the city should proceed.

"A fair, cost-effective retirement reform solution is crucial for our city's future," said Mayor Brown. "We remain very confident in our work, but want to do everything possible to answer any questions as we move toward a solution that benefits taxpayers and respects employees."

The Task Force is comprised of community leaders committed to Jacksonville's future. Members include: Council Finance Committee Chairman Greg Anderson, Chester Aikens, Charles Appleby, Kristen Doolittle, Bob Miller, Kelli O'Leary, William Rupp, Robert Shircliff, Greg Smith, and John Wilbanks.

"This will be a thorough, though expedited, independent review that will consider the full range of issues involving pension reform," Scheu said. "These panel members are longtime community leaders with a variety of experiences and perspectives."

The Task Force will have its first meeting from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, at City Hall. Scheu said that the Task Force is expected to conclude its review and produce recommendations no later than August, after studying the community's options on any issue critical to Jacksonville's future.

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