There is a key sentence in this Charter Amendment that isn’t mentioned in the ballot summary. It appears twice, once with respect to employees hired on or before January 9, 2009, and once with respect to employees hired after that date.
That sentence reads as follows:
“In the event that the contribution rates set forth above do not cover the entire Normal Cost, the Employer shall contribute the balance into the RHCTF (Retiree Health Care Trust Fund).”
What this means in plain English:
If retiree health care costs end up not being fully covered by the 2% or less of their salaries that city employees are required to pay toward those costs, their employer – YOU, the taxpayer – will be required to make up the difference!
Even if the city were near bankrupt, with schools closing, roads full of potholes, hospitals falling apart, parks full of trash and weeds, and police and fire protection virtually non-existent, it wouldn't matter. The gold-plated health care plans provided to people who worked for the city decades ago, and their dependents, would still have first claim on your tax dollars if Prop. A passes.
There's no trust fund for MUNI maintenance.
There's no trust fund for the upkeep of San Francisco parks.
There's no trust fund to ensure our streets are properly paved.
But well-paid government employees – including the Supervisors who put this measure on the ballot – want to make sure THEY have a trust fund that will take care of them.
We say let them share an uncertain future with the rest of us. Vote NO on Prop. A.
Libertarian Party of San Francisco
P.S. – If a ballot measure is too long, unclear, confusing, or complicated, it's best to vote it down. If you don’t understand it, it’s irresponsible to pass it.