Dear Council Members:

Due to his travel over the Memorial Day weekend and his need to get input from the Police and Fire Pension Fund Board at their meeting this morning, the attorney for the PFPF has not yet been able to provide all of the feedback necessary to finalize a written agreement. We expect to have all of that feedback tomorrow, but not in time to introduce the retirement reform agreement as legislation at tonight’s Council meeting.

As a result, we intend to file the proposed agreement no later than the next regular filing deadline of Wednesday, June 4, 2014. We plan to file the legislation on a one-cycle basis, meaning that it would come before Council committees during the week of June 16 and (if advanced though committee) would come before the full Council on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.

In the meantime, we will be seeking to meet individually with each of you to provide a detailed briefing on the agreement and answer any questions you might have. We will also be meeting with the Council Auditor’s Office to brief them and answer their questions.

Our City policy team a will be getting with your ECAs to schedule the above-mentioned individual meetings.

Of course, we also plan to engage you collectively. The Council Finance Chair has agreed to schedule a special Finance Committee meeting devoted to review of the agreement. The Council President has similarly agreed to schedule a workshop once the agreement is introduced so that all Council members have a chance to receive information and ask questions in a collective setting.

Thank you in advance for your time as we work together to resolve this critical issue for Jacksonville taxpayers and public safety employees.

Chris Hand
Chief of Staff
Office of Mayor Alvin Brown