Last Thursday morning Charlotte City Council member Andy Dulin told WBT's Stacey Simms and Al Gardener that Charlotte's Police Officers and firefighters retirement benefits are too rich.
Council member Dulin on a "bed of nails" at Charlotte's Discovery Place.
Dulin the republican who represents Charlotte's Council District 6 was commenting on the recent report issued by Mayor Anthony Foxx that suggests Charlotte's budget will not have enough money to pay the city's firefighters or police officers within two years.
Dulin suggests that the problem is the retirement packages and the retirement ages of CMPD and CFD employees.
Dulin: "We have retired city employees that are making $100,000 a year and there is no way a community can sustain that."
Dulin goes on to explain his problem with the age that some CMPD officers retire.
Employees "that are hired at 20 or 25 years of age are retiring in 30 years and are still very young and have their retirement packages for their life. And so we've got folks who are retiring at 55 years, that we pay for another 40 years if they live a long time.
It really does come to catch up with you and its coming to catch up with the City of Charlotte in two years."
Dulin promises that the Charlotte City Council will be discussing the pensions during the upcoming budget talks.
Dulin: "It will be a major topic of our budget discussions this year and after voting no for the last couple of years on pay raises I hope this year that the majority on council will start listening to me."
Cedar's Take: Andy Dulin has long been the court jester of Charlotte's City Council. While his quips are often funny and his posture conservative he sometimes lacks a basic understanding of the fundamentals of City Government.
Along those same lines Dulin also seems to lack an understanding of basic pension fundamentals or the understanding that without a pension many CMPD officers would have quit long ago.
But we must remember Dulin is a city councilman, and as Charlotte's Jeff Taylor notes, members of City Council are nothing more than potted plants. Nice to have around but rarely bearing fruit.