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Vote on 'double dipping' ban delayed two weeks

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Conrad says double-dipping city employees are dealing taxpayers a double-blow. Conrad says double-dipping city employees are dealing taxpayers a double-blow.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - One Memphis councilman is shining the light on what he calls "double-dipping" employees. "Double-dipping" employees are those who collect both a salary and a pension at the same time.

Memphis City Councilman Kemp Conrad says the taxpayer cost to keep pensions going as they are puts the city in financial peril.

"It's the same pool of taxpayers paying the salaries that are paying the pensions," he said.

Conrad says double-dipping city employees are dealing taxpayers a double-blow.

"I think pensions were designed for retirement," he added. "They weren't designed for people to retire at 40 and 45 and then come over to another government where the same pool of taxpayers is then now paying their salary and benefits."

Some citizens agree with Conrad.

"It's nonsensical to me," said Memphis resident Jason Whitworth.

But others do not agree.

Others do not agree.

"I don't think there's anything wrong with that. As long as you worked for it, you deserve it," said resident Lula Jackson-Clark.

Some Memphis employees are also collecting pension from Shelby County or the schools. It goes the other way. Some are collecting city pensions and working for other government entities, like MLGW.

"Someone that worked for another government, largely funded by a Memphis taxpayers, cannot retire from that pension system and then come work for the City of Memphis," said Conrad.

Conrad says the current model is causing an under-funded city pension system.

"I think it should be like 401Ks, like everybody else," said Whitworth, who said local government should take a cue from the private sector and do away with pensions as we know them. "It's not fair to future generations to burden them with paying for those pensions."

Conrad is considering expanding the resolution to include consultants who retired from the city.

This item was up for a vote Tuesday, but needs some tweaking, so it will be up for a vote in two weeks.

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