Jacksonville, FL - The business community continues to fall in line again the proposed pension reform plan.
Just a few weeks after Jacksonville’s Civic Council issues a statement urging the city council to reject the pension reform proposal before them, the JAX Chamber Board of Directors has voted to do the same.
The group says the current proposal, which was agreed upon by the Mayor, Jacksonville Association of Firefighters, Fraternal Order of Police local and Police and Fire Pension Fund, does not “achieve an effective, comprehensive, and sustainable longer term solution,” according to the resolution obtained by WOKV.
The board also expressed concern that the proposal doesn’t “go far enough” to ensure the service of our first responders is recognized with a pension plan that is accountable and funded.
The resolution does affirm the Chambers commitment to working with all parties involved to come up with an alternate plan.
We asked for comment from Brown. Mayor’s Office Spokesman David DeCamp issued a statement saying the Chamber “suddenly reversed course” by urging council to vote down the plan because just a few months ago they passed a resolution to urge council to act on reform.
“While the Chamber may be of two minds on this subject, Mayor Brown is not,” says the statement.
Davis says he hopes the Chamber can work more closely with the city on an alternate plan.