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Fire pension reform fix passes Aldermen : Stltoday

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ST. LOUIS • The bill fixing Mayor Francis Slay’s long-debated and much-adjusted firefighter pension reform plan passed the Board of Aldermen this morning, leaving its fate in the hands of a city judge.

The bill restores some retirement benefits for vested firefighters while still creating a new, parallel system, with lower benefits, for new and younger firefighters.

Aldermen passed the final version of the bill 17-8. It was sponsored by Alderman Fred Wessels and opposed by Board President Lewis Reed, among others.

Wessels said the bill, in returning some benefits, reduces first year savings by about $500,000, but still saves the city $2.9 million next year.

Firefighters said yesterday that their retirement system board would sue, again, should the bill pass.Fire pension reform fix passes Aldermen : Stltoday.

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