Modesto Increase in Age of Retirement Eligibility for City Employees, Measure S Advisory Vote (November 2011)
Measure S asked the city's voters for their advice on whether the minimum retirement age for city workers should be increased. At present, the retirement age is 50 for police officers and firefighters, and 55 for all other city employees.
Measure S was one of three advisory votes on the November 8, 2011 ballot that invited the city's voters to consider a range of proposals for how the city might deal with city employee retirement benefits. Modesto's pensions are funded through CalPERS and cost the city about $20 million a year, not including the city's cost of health benefits for retired city workers. Modesto currently allows city workers to retire at age 50 with up to 90% of their pay.
Other Modesto ballot measures
Modesto voters had a raft of ballot measures to consider in the November 8 election. They were:
- Measure N, Modesto Utility Users Tax
- Measure P, Modesto Extension of Sewer Service to the Rouse-Colorado Neighborhood (Advisory Vote)
- Measure Q, Modesto Transition Defined Benefit to Defined Contribution Retirement Plan (Advisory Vote)
- Measure R, Modesto Baseline Calculations for City Employee Retirement Benefits (Advisory Vote)
Path to the ballot
The resolution to place Measures Q, R and S on the November 8, 2011 ballot was proposed by Modesto councilman and mayoral candidate Brad Hawn. The resolution was approved in July 2011 by a 4-3 vote of the Modesto City Council.
- Official Voter Guide for the Stanislaus County November 8, 2011 local ballot measures
- List of Stanislaus County November 8, 2011 local ballot measures