Bradenton City Council OKs draft pension ordinance

skennedy@bradenton.comFebruary 13, 2014 

BRADENTON -- The Bradenton City Council tentatively approved an ordinance Wednesday to change pension benefits for police officers.

The draft ordinance formally outlines agreements made last year between city and union negotiators for its 120-person police force, and would apply retroactively to June 1, said Bradenton City Manager Carl Callahan.

The measure, slated for council review again Feb. 26 before it becomes final, would curb the pension fund's long-term liability by treating new employees differently than current ones, said Callahan.

City officials are still negotiating with police union officials, who represent the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Police Benevolent Association, said Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston.

The two sides are hoping to come to terms on a three-year contract agreement, he said.

The item passed by the city council on Wednesday was "something we've all agreed on," the mayor said.

PBA representative Sgt. Sean O'Leary could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter@sarawrites.

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