Chaffee was concerned about future mayors meeting full-time PERF standards. “There’s nobody in charge of the mayor” to verify hours worked. He asked, “What prevents a mayor from already having retirement benefits,” then getting PERF as well, “essentially double dipping?” He added later, “I’m against creating retirement benefits for the mayor … I think this has long-term ramifications for Batesville. It provides a powerful incentive for people to become lifetime politicians.”
Council member Bob “Tuba” Narwold observed a politician “still has to get elected. Everybody else (in city government) who was eligible to be in PERF is in PERF.”
Lambert made a motion to pass Resolution 16-2013, which states the mayor will be included in PERF retroactive to 2004. The vote was 3-1, Chaffee opposed.
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