By: Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer
On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a proposal by Janet Nguyen and Todd Spitzer to have Supervisors pay their full employee retirement contributions effective immediately. The Board also unanimously approved a proposal by Supervisors Nguyen and Spitzer to place a charter amendment on the June 2014 ballot to make this a permanent requirement for all County elected officials that cannot be reversed without voter approval.
“We have asked County workers to pay their employee contributions for their retirement, and we need to do the same as Supervisors,” Supervisor Nguyen said.
“I was elected on a promise to make government workers pay their pension contribution costs, and as Supervisors, we are now paying our costs,” Supervisor Spitzer said. “The charter amendment will allow the voters to send a message that we should indeed pay for our pensions and that this can never be reversed without the consent of the people.”
The full text of the Nguyen-Spitzer proposal to require Supervisors to pay their full employee retirement contributions immediately is available here. The full text of the Nguyen-Spitzer ballot measure is available here.