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City Council Wants Independent Review Of Fire/Police Pension Deal

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Florida Times-Union
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The Jacksonville City Council is considering hiring outside attorneys to evaluate Police and Fire pension reform deal from Mayor Brown's administration.

Several Council members met Tuesday to discuss the possibility.

City Councilman Matt Schellenberg says the pension deal, which has not yet been introduced to council, will need an independent review.

Mayor Alvin Brown announced the pension reform plan two weeks ago.

He said it would solve the city’s pension crisis with the Police and Fire Pension Board, and save $50 million dollars in the upcoming budget.

Schellenberg says he wants to know where that number came from.

The council is expected to pass emergency legislation next week to allocate money to hire a legislative counsel who would evaluate the pension deal and would only have to answer to the city council and not to the Mayor or General Counsel's office.