Galesburg looks at fire and police pension increases

City Council, city leaders and community members are weighing in on options.

By Johnie Freiwald | jfreiwald@whbf.com

Published 06/29 2015 10:46PM

Updated 06/29 2015 10:46PM

Galesburg city leaders are looking at pension increases for police and firefighters and this year's estimate is a lot higher than last year.
 
"That's about $1.3 million over what we currently contribute, which is about 3.4 million," said city manager Todd Thompson.  "So that creates a real challenge for the city to decide what to do, whether to increase taxes to pay for it, cut operational expenditures to pay for it, or fund it a lower than the recommended amount." 
 
City council members, Galesburg administrators and community members are weighing in on options so the council can vote soon. 
 
City manager Todd Thompson said he doesn't think increasing taxes is an option many will favor.

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