BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore city employees will contribute to their pension plans under a reform bill proposed by the mayor.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is proposing that city employees contribute 5 percent of their salaries toward their pension, phasing in the payment over five years. The mayor’s office says salaries will also increase 10 percent over the same period.READ MORE: Morgan State University Awarded $6.25M From Apple & Google
The reform is part of a plan to eliminate a $750 million budget shortfall and cut property taxes.READ MORE: How One Baltimore Business Owner Is Carrying On The Legacy Of The Women's Industrial Exchange
The mayor’s office says the city’s pension system for civilian employees is the only large system in the state that doesn’t require employee contribution. Rawlings-Blake says city pension costs have nearly doubled since 2004 and are projected to grow another 40 percent by 2022. The pension reforms are expected to save $53 million over nine years.MORE NEWS: 5 Suspects, Including 2 Juveniles, Charged In Ocean City Armed Robbery
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