Amendment buried on ballot

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- There was no shortage of early voters by Wednesday, with thousands of people already casting their votes.

But it wasn't just the presidential race worth paying attention to. The people of Knoxville had another item on their ballot, one of the biggest burdens carried by taxpayers.

Mayor Madeline Rogero said, "If you live in the city then the very last item is about pension reform you have to go through 7 amendments and then one more page to get to the city amendment.

In that voting booth, you're asked to think about the city workers who put on uniforms everyday. Because they're pension plan is in your hands.

In 2012 to 2013, the city estimates spending $14.4 Million as a contribution, but in the following year, that jumps to $20 Million. If the market stays put, it's $30 Million by 2021.

On the ballot this year, a change. In 2013, stop the current plan and introduce a hybrid plan.

Mayor Rogero said, "Reduce future costs, our risk in the investment market, and still make it competitive so we can recruit police and fire and private sector employees."

The only question, would voters find it buried on the ballot.

On Wednesday, many voters said they weren't looking for that amendment on the ballot. The Mayor and Election Commission urged voters to be prepared, and look for it.


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