ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–Afraid their retirement might suffer, St. Louis firefighters file a lawsuit to try to block Mayor Slay’s latest plan for pension reform.
The St. Louis Firefighters Retirement System has filed suit against Board Bill 109 — bringing to three the number of city ordinances dealing with firefighter pension reform now tied up in court.
Firefighters Local 73 President Demetris Alfred says any move to shift oversight of the pension fund from the state to the city worries him.
“We want to make sure that everything’s secure, the checks-and-balances are kept, and the thing is financially sound,” Alfred said.
Alderman Fred Wessels, who sponsored board bill 109, has called it a fair and good faith effort to try to reduce the city’s rising pension costs. Wessels estimated the plan would save half a million dollars the first year, and almost three million dollars the second year.
Mayor Slay’s office has argued that the rising pension costs of city employees must be brought under control or the city may have to start cutting back on other services to balance the budget.