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City Auditor Ann-Marie Hogan 
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Special Worksession at 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday on January 18.  Council will discuss our audit Employee Benefits: Tough Decisions Ahead and the City Manager's report on Unfunded Liabilities

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City pension and benefit costs are rising rapidly. The California pension fund (PERS) lost significantly more money in the stock market than PERS expected. The City has relied on more conservative estimates and shared them with the public. Our audit aims to ensure that the extent of the problem and the options for closing the revenue/expenditure gap are clearly disclosed and discussed. Rapidly increasing medical costs and longevity are also a concern. Other post retirement benefits, especially for Police employees, were negotiated years before health care expenses skyrocketed.


The City Council, City Manager, and City employees will have to take some very difficult actions. The decision makers and the community need rigorous analysis, clear communication, and realistic expectations. A commitment to collaboration can help us through these difficult times.

Regular Council Meeting on January 18 at 7:00 p.m. (AGENDA)
We appreciate your continued support for our work to help Berkeley deliver services in a more efficient, effective, and equitable way.  Please contact me at (or at 981-6750) with your questions, comments, and ideas.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Ann-Marie Hogan, City Auditor
City of Berkeley

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January 2011 
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