CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Cape Coral city officials are looking to make cuts to the amount of money that's contributed to the city's fire and police pensions. This will bring the city in line with a new state law.
Two ordinances cap the amount of overtime that can be contributed to police and fire pensions. The move is supposed to save the city money, but some say its a stab at public workers.
"I believe this is just one more thing, going after somebody who works for the government." Brendan Fonock is the head of the firefighters union and isn't too happy about the new restrictions for fire and police pensions. "They feel that public employees are the one that cased the recession, or hurt the economy," he said.
Two city ordinances would cap the amount of overtime that would count for police and fire pensions at 300 hours over the course of a year. It would also eliminate the use of any leave time for pension calculations.
Firefighters and police would still get paid for overtime.
The cap on overtime comes from the state. "The state initiated this and mandated it and once we get into new contracts with these entities you have to follow it," said city councilwoman Rana Erbrick.
Some city council members say its a step towards getting the city's budget under control even if it only saves a small amount of money. "It does limit, and cap some things that can be applied towards your pension, so it will help. Will it help in billions of dollars? No," she explained.
According to the Cape Coral Police Department, "Pensions are a negotiated item with negotiations upcoming. As such, we will not be commenting about the topic."