Retirees earned benefits

Published 1:00 am Sunday, October 23, 2011

As a City of Vicksburg retiree, I am writing in regard to the Public Employee Retirement System Study Commission’s intent to cut benefits promised to PERS members and retirees.

It is not my intention to dishonor those entrusted with their stewardship. The Study Commission will unveil it’s plan on Nov. 15, a week after Mississippi will hold state elections. Not all PERS members and retirees are aware that their benefits are under attack and we must hold politicians accountable on Election Day.

I have worked for the City of Vicksburg for 23 3/4 years and by allocating my unused leave and military active duty time I was able to retire with 25 3/4 years. I have based my career decisions and retirement plans on the promises made to me when I became a PERS member. Any adverse decisions that would affect my retired income would put me in a financial bind.

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I did not work all these years to have that happen. I encourage everyone to visit the website for more information and to sign the petition.

Larry Holloway