Community Member Question:
With the shortfalls in many cities budgets, some have blamed the employees income and pension plans to be part of the problem. Many articles have been put out on pension plans about government employees pensions, well beyond what the majority receives. It has been my experience that most employees have a hard time affording to live in the community they serve. I have attached a link to the employee salary. Can you comment on what the average employee makes after 30 years of service earning between the 45,000 to 60,000 income and what medical contribution they receive as well at point of retirement? http://www.fontana.org/main/hr_risk/salary_tables/yard_toc.pdf
City Manager Response:
Thank you for the question. The response regarding average compensation and health benefits varies depending on whether the individual is a member of a public safety unit, when they started working for the City of Fontana and their age upon retirement.
At the risk of oversimplifying, an employee with a salary of $50,000 per year would retire after 30 years with $45,000/year if they were a member of Public Safety and $37,500/year if they were non-public safety.
If the employee started with the City after July, 1990, they would receive no retiree health benefits from the city. If they started working prior to July, 1990, they would receive a retiree health benefit amount to reimburse the actual costs of health insurance premiums, not to exceed basic Kaiser HMO rates.