Port Angeles: City Council opposes 2 state initiatives

PORT ANGELES –Statewide initiatives 790 and 776 will not get any endorsement from the City Council.

Members voicing concern about the measures’ financial impacts on the city rejected endorsing the measures, both of which appear on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.

I-790 would place management of the police and firefighters’ retirement system, plan 2, in the hands of a board of trustees consisting of two legislators, three city representatives and six police or firefighter representatives.

Mike Sanders, president of the Port Angeles firefighters’ union, said I-790 is a simple issue for police officers and firefighters.

The Legislature has tried “raiding” the pension fund when its fund balance was too high or when legislators said they needed the money, so firefighters and police want a say in how it’s run, Sanders said.

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