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'Safety net' considered for city retirees after budget cuts

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"A crime has been committed, like a murder," Memphis City Councilman Joe Brown said. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) "A crime has been committed, like a murder," Memphis City Councilman Joe Brown said. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC)- After cutting benefits for city retirees two weeks ago, Memphis City Council will come back and help them if all goes planned.

"A crime has been committed, like a murder," Memphis City Councilman Joe Brown said.

Brown did not mince words in his opposition to a proposed resolution providing up to $2 million to help retirees pay for health care.

"Come back now saying OK, I may have murdered you but let me give you something to pacify you," he added.

Councilman Edmund Ford Jr. proposed the resolution.

The money for this retiree safety net will be used to help pay for things like doctor co-pays and deductibles.

"We don't want anyone to go without simply because they don't have the resources," Memphis Chief Administrative Officer George Little said.

Little says money for the safety net would come from recently discovered savings from Cigna, the city's third party health care administrator.

Many of the council members say they wish they'd known about this money prior to cutting retiree benefits.

"All of this is rolling out after the fact. This should have come prior to the vote and I'm just struggling with it," Councilwoman Wanda Halbert said.

Councilman Ford's resolution passed and will be discussed again in two weeks.

Retiree spouses' and workers with disabilities will also be covered under this safety net.

To take a look at the resolution being proposed, click here: http://ftpcontent4.worldnow.com/wmctv/pensionplanoptions.pdf

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