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Judge Rules Controversal Ventura County Pension Reform Proposal Must Be Removed From Ballot

Posted on Monday, August 4, 2014 5:38pm

A judge ruled a controversial pension reform initiative in Ventura County should be taken off the ballot.

Ventura County Superior Court Judge Kent Kellegrew said that a county initiative could not legally be used to withdraw the county from the state pension system.

The ballot measure calls for shifting new county employees from a pension system to a 401k style retirement plan.

Proponents say it would save millions over the years, but opponents contend the savings aren’t nearly as large as they say.  The opposition, which includes the major employee unions, say it would make it difficult to recruit, and retain employees.

A group supported by the unions filed suit against the county, seeking to have the initiative removed from the ballot.

The judge said in order to withdraw from the system, the county would have to go through a process with the state legislature.

The judge stayed enforcement of his ruling until August 14th, to give the supporters a chance to appeal before reaching the final deadline for printing the November ballots later this month.

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