Atlanta Council Approves Municipal Pension Changes

June 30, 2011 ( - The Atlanta City Council has approved a pension reform bill aimed at paying off the city’s $1.5 billion unfunded pension liability and saving about $25 million annually.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the plan requires all current police officers, fire fighters and general employees to take a 5% pay cut in the form of a higher pension contribution. It also reduces the so-called “multiplier,” used to calculate pension benefits of future workers to 1%, and reduces the maximum cost-of-living adjustment of pension benefits of future employees to 1%.  

The legislation also establishes a cap to protect the city from another financial meltdown.  

The news report said actuaries have indicated that over the next 10 years the overhaul will save taxpayers more than $270 million and more than $500 million over the next three decades.  

“This pension reform legislation can serve as a model across the country as to how to work collaboratively to address this pressing issue,” Councilwoman Felicia Moore said, according to the newspaper.