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Posted: Friday, November 26, 2010 6:00 am

I just read about the unbelievable retirement pensions that have been approved by current and past Mesa mayors and city councils. Mesa public employees retiring at more than $200,000 a year for the rest of their lives? This is madness, folks. It has been reported that there are at least 20 current retired Mesa public employees who receive pensions of over $100,000 a year. It now costs the city of Mesa more than $30 million a year to cover the costs of these mind-boggling pensions and more that $5 million a year for retirement medical costs. The average private citizen retiree in Mesa is lucky to get $1,000 a month on Social Security and $500 a month for retirement and pay out of sight Medicare costs out of their own wallets.

I see Mayor Scott Smith and the Mesa City Council spending hours and hours on how to regulate “fireworks” and “how high a convenience store can stack their beer displays”... while millions and millions of budget dollars are being siphoned out of our city budget for these “golden parachute” retirement packages and their “Cadillac” retiree medical plans. Is that what the mayor and the city council were elected to do... reward these Mesa public employees with millions and millions of hard-earned Mesa taxpayers funds for just doing their high-salaried jobs? I sure hope that our beloved city of Mesa doesn’t become another city of Bellflower. How many furloughed Mesa teachers, firemen and policemen would these “golden parachutes” have funded... how many?

Leon Ceniceros, Mesa

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