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City of Jacksonville Retirement Reform Task form meeting

12:54 PM, Jul 10, 2013   |    comments
First Coast News/Anne Schindler
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Retirement Reform Task Force kicks off its inaugural meeting at City Hall Wednesday. The 11-member group was selected by Mayor Alvin Brown to review his proposed pension reform legislation.

Brown's proposal, which the mayor rolled out the first week of May, has drawn criticism from some who believe that the $1.2 billion reform package does not go far enough to resolve the city's pension-related budget woes.

The Jacksonville Civic Council, a group whose members were instrumental in electing Brown, reviewed the Mayor's proposal and determined it was only a start.

"We believe the Mayor's proposal makes very substantial progress, and we commend his work," the council wrote in a June 20 letter. "But it isn't enough."

The reform plan has also drawn a legal challenge from The Florida Times-Union, which says that because the deal was negotiated in secret, instead of in public, it violated state Sunshine Laws, which require collective bargaining agreements be hammered out in public.

First Coast news will be at Wednesday's task force meeting from 2p.m. to 6 p.m. and will update the story with developments.

In Attendance:
Dentist Dr. Chester Aikens
Philanthropist Robert Shircliff
Jacksonville labor lawyer Kristen Doolittle
Charles Appleby CEO of Advanced Disposal
Baptist Health Chief Operating Officer John Wilbanks
City Council Finance Committee chairman Greg Anderson
Retired Regency Centers Senior Vice-President Robert Miller
Bank of America President and JAX Chamber Chair Greg Smith
HCI Group Executive Vice-President Kelli O'Leary; Mayo Clinic CEO and JAX Chamber Chairman-Elect Dr. William Rupp

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