3 The Mayor's new approach is already being met with skepticism from the city council president .. who will have a lot to say about whether the Mayor gets his way. The mayor continues to ask the electric authority to commit 40 million dollars a year for the next 14 years to help fund police, fire and employee pensions... and .. a new request .. he's also asking JEA to set up its own pension plan, separate from the rest of the city's. The mayor says his proposal would save JEA 500 million dollars over the next 35 years. And he's laying out why he believes JEA can do all this ..without raising its rates. Channel 4's Tarik Minor joins us now from city hall, Tarik .. any comment from JEA about the mayor's latest pension reform plan. 3 3 3 JEA's chairman says top executirives haven't reviewed the mayors plan in it's entirety yet, so it's too early or them to say whether or not your water, sewer or electric bill will increase. 3 00-0513-181:19- 1:241:38-1:42 08:44:12"what I propose is not radical, it's reasonable and feasible."Mayor Alvin Brown detailed his pension plan today, promising no financial impact to JEA customers.08:43:23'despite the rush to judgement in some quarters, my proposal does not require a utility rate increase.The mayor says allowing JEA to create it's own pension plan will save the public utility 500 million dollars over the next 35 years. In turn, he's asking JEA to give the city 40 million dollars a year, to pay for police officers and firefighters pensions to the tune of 1.7 billion dollars. The mayor says JEA won't have to raise their rates because : - JEA's customer base is expected will grow - Forecasts for energy consumption predict dramatic growth - JEA is benefiting from their promotion of natural gas and other forms of energy. 08:41:20"This issue effects everyone in jacksonville, every dollar spent on rising pension costs is a dollar taken away from essential services.We asked JEA chairman Mike Hightower if the pension plan will cost YOU. 13:23:19"until I know what they're asking i'm not going to speculate on the outcome."Hightower says his board hasn't reviewed the entire proposal, and he points out, that JEA like the city, is also deep in debt. 13:23:43'i just know that JEA is a multi billion dollar operation and we have 500 billion dollars in debt."Council member Bill Gulliford says the new pension plan isn't realistic. 11:53:08"how does the mayor say the rate won' tgo up, is he on the JEA board?"While customers are objecting to paying extra for water, sewer or electric.13:34:56"it's already out of control, a rate increase would cripple a lot of people, a lot of people would be in the dark." JEA chairman Mike Hightower says before JEA would even consider a rate increase, they would hold a series of public hearings. The mayor says he feels confident that once JEA does the math, they will see that the numbers will not require, any extra costs passed on to the taxpayer So, Tarik, getting money from JEA is one option .. are other options still on the table?