PRESS RELEASE: Taxes Raised and Services Cut Titusville Police Furloughed

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December 3, 2012

By: Titusville Public & Safety Employees

 PRESS RELEASE

Taxes Raised and Services Cut Titusville Police Furloughed

The Fraternal Order of Police Florida State Lodge represents the men and women of the Titusville Police Department and has been attempting to negotiate a new contract for the last year. The City Manager Mark Ryan has made statements to the media in reference to furlough days. He has inacurately and unfairly painted the Fraternal Order of Police and the men and women of the Titusville Police Department as unwilling to help address the financial issues of the city by not wanting to negotiate Pension Reform. The FOP does not feel it is appropriate to negotiate Pension Reform, we believe it is the responsibility of the Pension Board to administer the pension fund and make changes that make the fund sustainable, that being said the FOP has made several suggestions to help reform the Pension Plan and would support those changes if the Pension Board chooses to present them to the members of the Pension Fund.

The City’s Representatives have stone walled the negotiation process in what can only be percieved as a desire not to reach a mutually acceptable agreement, and simply want to take the easiest route at the expense of the employees, some of which have worked their entire lives for the benefits the city is trying to take away. The FOP has presented several viable options for change that would show a savings to the city of between $500,000 and $800,000 dollars, and possibly prevented the citizens taxes from being raised. The Titusville City Employees deserve to be treated better than just a number in a ledger!

The City Manager Mark Ryan has stated publicly that Furlough Days will not impact the Public Safety Services of the city, this is the farthest thing from the truth. Less people working means longer response time and fewer officers to respnd to critical incidents. Running the Police Department at minimum staffing is both Unsafe for the Officers and potentially Unsafe for the Citizens they protect!

Mark Ryans budget increased your taxes, where is that money going? The FOP does not believe that your City Council is aware of the efforts the FOP has made to try to help bridge the budget gap within the Police Department, we have made several suggestions to offset these furlough days that have fallen on deaf ears. We urge the citizens to contact the City Council and tell them it is unacceptable to try to balance the budget on the backs of the men and women of public safety and at the expense of the community’s safety.

For questions or comments please contact Florida State Lodge Representative Jeffery A Williams, Cell: 407-832-1973, Email: jeff722@bellsouth.net

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