STATEMENT FROM FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES PRESIDENT AND LEON COUNTY COMMISSIONER BRYAN DESLOGE REGARDING THE SUPREME COURT HEARING ON THE FLORIDA RETIREMENT SYSTEM
STATEMENT FROM FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES PRESIDENT AND LEON COUNTY COMMISSIONER BRYAN DESLOGE REGARDING THE SUPREME COURT HEARING ON THE FLORIDA RETIREMENT SYSTEM:
“Changes to the Florida Retirement System (FRS) made by the Legislature and signed by the Governor in 2011 have allowed counties across the state to save close to $600 million annually and use these added resources to maintain services and staffing levels. Any changes made by the courts could force counties to make hard choices to the detriment of their communities.
Since 2007, counties have been forced to cut more than $3 billion causing reductions in county services, health care, public safety and quality of life programs. Many counties have absorbed the changes to FRS and the 3% employee contribution differently – some counties gave raises so their employees were not impacted, other counties reinvested the saved dollars into their communities.
The diversity in reaction to the 2011 FRS reforms, means that a negative ruling will impact Florida’s 67 counties differently forcing some counties to reduce staffing levels, programs and critical services.”
Founded in 1929, the Florida Association of Counties is a non-profit association representing the diverse interests of Florida’s 67 counties. The Florida Association of Counties helps counties effectively serve and represent Floridians by strengthening and preserving county home rule through advocacy, education and collaboration.Tweet