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Pension Reform Hits Murrieta City Hall

Employees of the city of Murrieta have agreed to pay all of their share of retirement contributions. Previously, the city paid all employee contributions.

Employees of the city of Murrieta will immediately begin paying more of their pension costs following city council approval Tuesday of labor agreements.

Members of the Murrieta General Employees Association agreed to pay 6.5 percent of their California Public Employees' Retirement System beginning Sept. 9. By June 2013, they will pay all of the 8 percent employee share.

There was no council discussion on the matter Tuesday, although city of Murrieta Human Resources Director Jeffrey Price said council members were briefed on the negotiations that began in April as current agreements neared expiration.

The city in May as it announced .

As part of the agreement approved Tuesday, the city will restore a 5-percent cut in pay that has been in effect since June 2010, according to Price.

MGEA is made up of 108 employees such as office specialists, development services technicians and public works maintenance workers, Price told Patch. The association is not affiliated with any union, he said.

There are a total of 285 employees of the city of Murrieta, according to Price.

MGEA ratified the agreement Aug. 15.

The agreement also calls for pension reform for all new hires: a two-tier retirement plan will apply to new employees that will pay out at a rate of 2 percent at age 60, versus the rate for current general employees of 2.7 percent at 55.

A similar agreement in July.

MGEA also agreed to pay 50 percent of any increases in the lowest medical insurance rates offered through the city. Previously, the city had agreed to pay all increases, Price said.

The agreement with MGEA is expected to save $324,548 in the current fiscal year and $484,211 in 2013-2014.

A representative of MGEA did not immediately respond to an email request for comment Wednesday.

An agreement with the Murrieta Supervisors Association, which represents positions such as the principal librarian and public works engineer, changed their CALPERS employee contribution from 0 percent to 7 percent.

An identical agreement was adopted for the Management & Confidential Employees Compensation Plan, which covers positions such as department heads, the senior accountant and the city manager, Price said.

However, there was no immediate plan to re-open City Hall on Fridays, Price said. The city enacted a four-day work week when employees took the 5 percent pay cut in 2010. Price said the city saves money in energy by City Hall being closed on Fridays.

Sam Bradstreet September 06, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Ryan- its an administrative fee, to do a background check, from a physical meeting to running credit and criminal background. It is good business practice to guard what businesses are allowed in Murrieta. Pay the $75, it makes me the resident feel better. We have a huge election coming in a few days and I feel we have to keep lies and misleading comments as well as hatred, discrimination and prejudice from being posted and not challenged.
Elizabeth Young September 07, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Sam B. you have hit the nail on the head about the jealousy, most people would rather bring others down instead of building themselves up.
BIGTOM September 07, 2012 at 01:08 AM
i am with you zack,repulican and sam have to much free time and are way to negitive
Sam Bradstreet September 07, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Hey Tom, just for you and Zack, I'll continue to post whatever I want. You can choose to read it or pass it over. Either way, I don't care about Republican and just want hime to leave me and my family alone. I don't care where he works or if he has an iphone 5........LOL. I have three iPHONE 4S's and one iphone 4 that has water damage Roy....LOL..
Ryan September 07, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Sam, have you ever rec'd a biz license from Murrieta? I have. It was none of that. It was, "Fill this paper out, leave a check for $x." I believe the form actually delineated what businesses needed more scrutiny than others, no human interaction involved. The only time a human was needed was to pickup the paper and cash the check. All this for a business that grossed <$10k annually. It was a home based biz that had zero impact to the neighborhood, had no increase in need for fire, police, or EMS protection (already covered by my property taxes), and provided zero benefit to myself or the business other than a fancy slip of paper that I needed to then frame and post in a conspicuous place. No, the biz license process is a straight up way to squeeze biz owners for just a lil more. It's a little better here in Murrieta than in Vista, but that's what it amounts to. For any of the other businesses that they don't want here, permits are typically required and there are other means to get those businesses out of the city.

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