by James Quintero, Jess Fields, Lance Christensen
Texas Public Policy Foundation
February 11, 2014
In October 2013, San Antonio created the Healthcare and Retirement Benefits Task Force to study the looming issue of public safety costs related to health care and retirement benefits. The city estimates that if no program changes are enacted, police and fire department expenditures could consume 100 percent of general fund resources by 2031. Currently, state statute does not allow for local control for Texas’ largest cities in the area of pension benefits for all employees and retirement health benefits for public safety employees. The San Antonio City Council should pass a resolution before the next legislative session calling on the Legislature to remove restrictions on local governments that prevent them from modifying their own benefit structures, and restore local control. San Antonio can and should be a leader in restoring to local communities a say in how benefit plans are structured.