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Phoenix Prop 103: Pension Plan Change—The Good, The meh, and the Ugly

Proposition 103 amends the City Charter to adjust the pension plan for city employees.

This is only the most recent of several ballot measures attempting to deal with Phoenix’s ballooning pension expenses.  My original post on last year’s (failed) Prop 487 included an explanation of the challenges facing Phoenix’s pension system, which I’ll link you to rather than repeating it at length here.  Suffice it to say, the pension plan still needs work.

Prop 103 stops far, far short of the serious reform that Prop 487, which I supported, offered.  Whereas 487 would have replaced the pension plan with a 401(k)-like plan for new hires, Prop 103 leaves the pension system largely intact with some minor tweaks, which I will characterise as the good, the meh, and the ugly: Continue reading Phoenix Prop 103: Pension Plan Change—The Good, The meh, and the Ugly

Phoenix Prop 102: Modernise Method of Payment Options

Proposition 102 amends the City Charter to allow the city to issue payments via modern methods, such as electronic payments.

Currently, the City Charter permits payments only via warrant (somewhat like a paper check), which requires printing and postage.

As I’ve said before, charters and constitutions should not micro-manage—officials should have the flexibility to choose more efficient payment methods.  Allowing electronic payments is estimated to save the city about $250K annually.

Prop 102 removes an antiquated and inflexible limitation on the city’s method of making payments, and should be supported.  I plan to vote YES.  There may be more opposing votes than might otherwise be expected due to the somewhat off-putting language of the brief ballot description, but I still expect this measure to pass easily.