City hopes to reduce workforce with incentive

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Nearly half of Metro Nashville's firefighters are eligible for a city employee buyout program, aimed at reducing the size of government.

The program applies citywide, but the fire service has a lot of employees who have been there for many years.

According to The Tennessean, city workers who take the early out will receive $700 for each year of service to the city. Nearly 2,600 workers are eligible for the incentive, but only 655 of those would get full city pension benefits. The rest would get a reduced benefit for early retirement.

The deal was enough for fire Capt. Ray Mundy. At the age of 54, Mundy has been with the fire department for almost 27 years. He wants to spend time with his wife, son and infant grandson.

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