Thursday, August 5, 2010

Taxpayers vs Bureaucrats, Part XXXVII

If you have municipal bonds issued by the city of Los Angeles, you may want to dump them while there's still time. The LA Times reports that one-third of the city's budget in 2015 will get consumed by pensions and benefits for retired bureaucrats.
The cost of retirement benefits for Los Angeles city employees will grow by $800 million over the next five years, dramatically eroding the amount of money available for public services to taxpayers, according to a report issued Tuesday. In a bleak assessment delivered to members of the City Council, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said pensions and health benefits for current and future retirees would jump from $1.4 billion next year to at least $2.2 billion in 2015. ...By 2015, nearly 20% of the city's general fund budget is expected to go toward the retirement costs of police officers and firefighters, who now have an average retirement age of 51. The figure was 8% last year. Once civilian employees are factored in, nearly a third of the city's general fund could be consumed by retirement costs by 2015, Santana said.

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