GMA rep to talk retirement in Grantville

by W. Winston Skinner

A representative of the Georgia Municipal Association will talk with members of Grantville’s administrative committee on Monday.

GMA has a retirement plan, and there will be discussion of the plan during the committee meeting. The meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the council chambers at city hall in the Glanton Municipal Complex.

The issue was discussed at Monday’s city council meeting. City Manager Johnny Williams recommended the city adjust the mid-year budget by returning $11,690 to the budget to be used for contributions to employee retirement funds.

“A year ago during the budgeting process, we had difficulties making the budget balance,” Williams said.

“The city used to contribute three percent of the employees’ salary to a Vlasic account,” he said. During budget sessions last year “one of the things that was done” was to eliminate that contribution.

Williams said offering retirement is important for the city to retain good employees.

“This figure is just for the remainder of the year. It would be rebudgeted at budget time,” Williams said.

Grantville Police Chief Doug Jordan said his department started the discussion about the retirement contributions, but he stressed the idea is for all city employees. “They need a retirement they can count on,” Jordan said.

Councilmember Johnny Cooks suggested Williams “look at it and come back with more precise numbers.” The council needs “to do our due diligence” with regard to the retirement contributions, he added.

“I don’t think two weeks is going to make that much difference,” Cooks said.

Councilmember David Riley said the city’s part of the the contribution should be to “match up to a certain amount.” Doing so would create an incentive for employees to contribute toward their own retirement.

City Clerk Tonya Wheelus recommended the city hear from GMA before making a final decision. “What they provide to the employees is wonderful,” Wheelus said of the GMA program.

“Bring us some figures,” Mayor Jim Sells instructed Williams. “We will discuss this at the next meeting.”



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