The Auburn City Council is expected to decide today whether or not the city will participate in a statewide early retirement program for public employees.

A vote on the proposed incentive program is scheduled for today’s council meeting.

Multiple city employees spoke in favor of the incentive program last week during a public hearing, though only a handful of city employees would qualify under the program.

Last week, City Manager Mark Palesh said that the city has to prove that retiring a person early will bring a 50 percent savings over a two-year period. That means the city would have to eliminate the position all together, hold off on filling the position for at least a year or reduce the salary of the position.

Palesh said last week that a few public works employees and one code enforcement employee would meet that requirement.

The state law that initiated the program establishes two possible incentives.

One would give retiring city employees an extra month of service credit for every year of employment, with a cap on three total years of extra credit. Service credits determine the percentage of an employee’s ending salary to be paid through his or her pension.

The other incentive set the age and length of required service for retirees to 55 years old or 25 years of service. Those numbers are seven and five years lower than the current limits, respectively.

If you go

What: Auburn City Council

When: 4:30 p.m. today

Where: Memorial City Hall, 24 South St.

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