As the city struggles to meet its soaring pension costs, especially for police, it discovered a new problem that’s costing what some say is an illegal $900,000 a year.
Police officers retiring through the much-maligned DROP program continue to get their health insurance premiums paid by the city.
The contract requires that any retiree who gets a job with another department must use that agency’s health insurance plan and notify the city to drop them. Many retired city police have gone to other municipalities or the county.
But many don’t, city officials say, because they’re more valuable to another department if it doesn’t have to pay that benefit.
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