KC firefighters win big when they lose their jobs
The Kansas City Star
So much for KC’s attempt to shed lots of costs by getting rid of a few firefighters.
The new incentive plan whisked through the City Council, presumably later today, will give firefighters an average of almost two years worth of their salary to leave their jobs.
As The Star reported, firefighters eligible to retire will get 100 percent of the value of their sick leave when they say goodbye to the city.
The average pay out: $134,317, or about double what they would have been entitled to under the current city policy.
The total cost to taxpayers could approach $4 million.
That’s more than half the $7 million or so that the city was supposed to save by getting rid of the salaries and benefits, along with other costs, by cutting the Fire Department budget by less than 2 percent earlier this year.
So taxpayers won’t save the full $7 million this year, or anything close to it. And if the Fire Department succeeds in getting more people back on the payroll in the next few years, the savings could evaporate.
Council members have vowed that won’t happen.
But do you want to bet against the fire union?