And of course, this provides FURTHER erosion to the tax base

How can someone of(or close to) retirement age find other employment quickly. Remember, the economy around here is ALREADY depressed, with able-bodied skilled workers having trouble finding jobs. So now there’s going to be a whole NEW group of people who can’t afford their mortgages, or maybe can’t even afford property taxed of paid off homes. So the city loses again. this place is going to end up a ghost town… 🙁

I have a friend who works for the water department

The way I understood it last week(or the week before), the current retirees were grandfathered in. But people who hadn’t retired yet might lose everything they put in. That prompted about 500 out of that 2000-person department to file their early retirement. The department’s GOAL was to get down to about 350 people total. Now I don’t know how those retirement plans work with the *bankruptcy*, though.