Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Health, pension reforms are needed
TO THE EDITORS:
I get tired of hearing about the sad situation of our school district, but school board members keep giving raises without getting the teachers to pay more of their health care.
I have enough trouble paying my own health care, let alone the teachers, with them making twice the amount of money and the politicians making four times as much.
Now, pensions. I read a Lancaster fireman or police officer, I don't remember which, over the 30 or so years he put $70,000 into his pension, in two years collected $80,000. That's $10,000 more than he put in over all those years. If he lives 30 years, and I hope he does, he will have collected over $1 million.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why my taxes keep going up to pay someone else's pension.
I saw that Elizabethtown wants to raise taxes; one of the reasons is pension funds. I know the politicians must change this, but you know why they aren't? They're on the same pension plan. So, you know they aren't going to dig into their pockets to change it.
When Gov. Corbett was doing the budget, much of the money he appropriated for education went toward pensions. A politician I talked to told me, don't quote me, but I think he said he puts in 7 percent. Big whoop. So, who do you think puts in the rest?
Politicians and schoolteachers, start paying your share of your pension, like maybe 50 percent. You can afford it.
West Donegal Township