Retirement Reform

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City of JacksonvilleMayor Alvin Brown is committed to retirement reform that provides for a sustainable and fair solution for both city employees and hard working taxpayers. On this page, you can find information on the efforts the city has made with public safety, general employees and community stakeholders to find a solution to this important issue in our community.

City Council Committee of the Whole Meeting, Oct. 22, 2014

City Council President Clay Yarborhough called for a meeting of City Council as a Committee of the Whole on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.to consider the Mayor's Proposed Retirement Reform legislation (2014-386). 

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Public Meetings Between City of Jacksonville and Jacksonville Police & Fire Pension Fund

The City of Jacksonville (COJ) and the Jacksonville Police & Fire Pension Fund (JPFPF) held public meetings in the sunshine to discuss retirement issues. The meetings were moderated by former State Attorney Rod Smith. All meetings between the parties were noticed to the public in advance, and open for the public to attend.

In order to ensure that all members of the public have access, the discussions have been recorded. Meeting videos and written transcripts will be placed on this City web page below.

After nearly three weeks of public negotiations at City Hall, a comprehensive agreement was reached between the City and the Police and Fire Pension Fund that addresses each of the major areas of concern that City Council identified during the debate over last year’s agreement, and that the Jacksonville Retirement Reform Task Force identified during its review of pension issues. You can see details of the agreement in the documents below.

Retirement Reform Agreement

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room, 117 W. Duval St.
Notice | Transcript 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room, 117 W. Duval St.
Notice | Audio | Transcript (revised June 17, 2014)

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Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room, 117 W. Duval St.
Notice | Audio | Video | Transcript

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room, 117 W. Duval St.
Notice | AudioVideo | Transcript

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room, 117 W. Duval St.
10 a.m. Notice | 2 p.m. Notice | AudioVideo | Transcript

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Monday, May 12, 2014 at 9 a.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room, 117 W. Duval St.
Notice | Audio 1 | Audio 2 | Transcripts

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Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room, 117 W. Duval St.
10 a.m. Notice | 2 p.m. Notice | Video | Audio | Transcript

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 10 a.m. & 3:15 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room, 117 W. Duval St.
10 a.m. Notice | 3:15 p.m. Notice | 10 a.m. Audio | 3:15 p.m. Audio | TranscriptVideo

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Friday, May 2, 2014 at 10 a.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room, 117 W. Duval St.
Notice | Audio | Transcript | Video

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Retirement Reform Taskforce

On July 3, 2013, Mayor Alvin Brown announced the formation of the Jacksonville Retirement Reform Task Force, which led by attorney William Scheu of Jacksonville as chairman.

The Task Force is comprised of 16 community leaders committed to Jacksonville’s future who will review the proposed public safety pension reform agreement, seek input from stakeholders and other interested citizens, and make recommendations on how the City should proceed.

List of Retirement Reform Task Force Members (PDF)

Retirement Reform Task Force Final Report

Meeting Information

March 20, 2014 at 10 a.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Listen to audio (.mp3) | Watch the video

Retirement Reform Task Force Final Report

March 19, 2014 at 2 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Listen to audio (.mp3) | Watch the video

March 6, 2014 at 1 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Listen to audio (.mp3) | Watch the video

Feb. 24, 2014 at 1 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Listen to audio (.mp3) | Watch the video

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Feb. 19, 2014 at 1 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Listen to audio (.mp3) | Watch the video

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Feb. 18, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. - Plan Funding Sub-Committee

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Listen to audio (.mp3) | Watch the video

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Feb. 12, 2014 at 9 a.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Listen to audio (.mp3) | Watch the video

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Jan. 30, 2014 at 3 p.m. - Plan Funding Sub-Committee

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Listen to audio (.mp3)

Jan. 29, 2014 at 9 a.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Watch the video

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Jan. 21, 2014 at 1 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Agenda | Watch the video | listen to audio (.mp3)

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Jan. 8, 2014 at 9 a.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Watch the video | Listen to audio (.mp3)

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Jan. 3, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. - Plan Funding Sub-Committee

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Agenda | Listen to audio (.mp3)

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Jan. 2, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. - Plan Funding Sub-committee

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Agenda | Listen to audio (.mp3)

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Dec. 5, 2013 at 9 a.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Watch the videoListen to audio (.mp3)

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Nov. 5, 2013 at 5 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Notice | Watch the video | Listen to audio (.mp3)

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Oct. 29, 2013 at 9 a.m.

Ed Ball Building, Room 851
214 North Hogan Street
Notice | Watch the video | Listen to audio: Part 1 (.mp3), Part 2 (.mp3)

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Sept. 20, 2013 at 1 p.m.

Ed Ball Building, Room 851
214 North Hogan Street
Watch the video | Listen to audio (.mp3)

Sept. 16, 2013 at 9 a.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Watch the video | Listen to audio (.mp3)

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Aug. 21, 2013 at 2 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
Watch the video | Listen to audio (.mp3)

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July 10, 2013 at 2 p.m.

City Hall - St. James, Lynwood Roberts Room
117 West Duval Street
View the meeting agenda | Watch the video

Find below a list of documents provided to the Task Force for their review.

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Police and Fire Employees

On May 8, 2013, Mayor Alvin Brown announced an agreement on retirement reform with the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters (JAFF), Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), and Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund (JPFPF).
From left: Steve Amos, Fraternal Order of Police; Randy Wyse, Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighters; Mayor Alvin Brown; Assistant Chief Bobby Deal, Chair of the Police and Fire Pension Fund Board of Trustees
The agreement is projected to save taxpayers approximately $1.1 billion over 30 years, including almost $50 million in the next Fiscal Year alone (Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014). To put those numbers in perspective, the first year savings alone are the same amount of money needed to pay the compensation of approximately 800 city employees. The savings equal the combined budgets of the Jacksonville Public Libraries and the City Planning and Development Department.

“I greatly respect our brave public safety employees and the important work they do for our community,” said Mayor Brown. “This agreement is a product of partnership between the City and public safety professionals. Together, we have achieved retirement reform that will help ensure financial sustainability for both taxpayers and employees.” Read More

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General Employees

Mayor Brown announced a tentative retirement reform agreement with AFSCME at the union's hall on May 21, 2013On May 21, 2013, Mayor Alvin Brown announced a tentative agreement on retirement reform with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union. The next day, Mayor Brown announced a tentative agreement with the Jacksonville Supervisor's Association (JSA).

AFSCME represents approximately 2,000 general employees who serve in clerical, technical, and administrative positions. JSA represents approximately 460 city employees who serve in supervisory positions.

“Our general employees perform important work for our community,” said Mayor Brown. “Working together with AFSCME, we have achieved retirement reform that will help ensure financial sustainability for both taxpayers and employees.”

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