The township committee took the first step Thursday toward that goal, voting unanimously in favor of the first reading of an ordinance that would wipe those benefits and require additional contributions from employees, bringing the township in line with recently-passed state legislation.
“This was the time to do it,” said Mayor Anna Docimo, who took flak at several recent committee meetings over her insistence on waiting for the state law to be finalized. “Everybody will pay their fair share.”
While the ordinance spikes benefits for current and future elected officials, it doesn’t take away benefits from those individuals vested under the old version of the township code, given legal concerns. The old version allowed for retirees to continue getting benefits as long as they had a certain number of years of service, depending on their age.
Docimo, who has taken benefits from the township, is among those who are vested under the old language.
While nixing elected officials’ benefits will save the township around $80,000 to $100,000, township administrator Eric Campo said continue via westdeptford.patch.com