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Fort Worth kicks in more money for pension fix. Police, fire say it’s not enough.

Updated: Jan 12, 2022

FORT WORTH—In an attempt to find a compromise that would be supported by both the City Council and employees, City Manager David Cooke rolled out a new proposal Friday to fix the city’s struggling pension fund.

The Fort Worth Employee’s Retirement Fund could run out of money by 2048 if nothing is done to address the $1.6 billion projected shortfall.

The proposal would increase the city’s contribution from $92 million to $110.7 million annually and preserve the cost of living adjustment (also known as a COLA) for retirees.

Employee contributions would increase from $37 million annually to about $50 million annually. Police and firefighters contribute at a higher rate than general fund employees.


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