Redding City Retiree Health Insurance Premiums, Measure B (November 2010)
Measure B was an advisory-only measure.
Measure B asked voters whether they would recommend requiring city workers to have worked for a minimum of five years, and be enrolled in Medicare (if eligible) before the city would contribute to retireee health insurance premium costs.
Redding City Council members Rick Bosetti, Patrick Jones and Missy McArthur voted to put the proposition on the November ballot. City council members Dick Dickerson and Mary Stegall voted not to place the measure before voters.
The City of Redding has an unfunded liability of $85 million for retiree health insurance.
These election results are from the Shasta County elections division as of November 27, 2010.
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|Measure B: Shall an Ordinance be adopted making a labor negotiations policy that City contributions to retiree health care plan premiums be changed from no time requirement to a formula based on years of service with a minimum five-year vesting requirement?|
Cost of election
During the election, it was said that the cost of administering the elections on Measures B and related Measure A would be $50,000. According to Bruce Ross, the editorial page editor for the Redding Record-Searchlight:
- "Cathy Darling, the Shasta County clerk and elections chief, had long said that the measures would probably cost less than the $25,000 apiece figure that somehow came to dominate the political debate. At the same time, she declined to nail down a specific number until the total election costs were tallied and divided up among the various entities holding elections.
- Well, she's done so now. And she informs me the total cost to the city for both measures was $10,676.76 --- roughly one-fifth of the sum the councilors were supposedly wasting."
- Local ballot measures in California about labor
- Redding City Worker Contributions to Public Employees’ Retirement System Pension Fund (November 2010)
- Redding Record-Searchlight, "Redding council approves ballot measures curtailing retirement benefits", June 15, 2010
- Redding Record Searchlight, "Redding to keep retiree benefits measures on the ballot", August 3, 2010
- Redding Record-Searchlight, "$50,000 ballot measures? Not by a long shot", January 4, 2011