The Florida Supreme Court ruled 2011 amendments to the Florida Retirement System constitutional, which means Sarasota County and the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office won't have to pay roughly $6.5 million total compensation to employees.
State and local government employees challenged the 2011 amendments that required Florida Retirement System members to contribute 3% of their salaries to compensate for the state’s investment in the Florida Retirement System. If ruled unconstitutional, state lawmakers would have had a pay a $2 billion bill to reimburse employees.
“For us, from a budget standpoint, it’s the status quo,” said Sarasota County Director of Finance Steve Botelho.
Prior to the 2011 amendments, the Florida Retirement System was entirely funded by public employer contributions, and retired members received cost-of-living adjustment equal to 3% of the total monthly benefit, calculated annually.
To read the ruling, click here.
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23 2nd Annual Sarasota Fall Fine Art Festival
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
24 Baby Wearing Dance Class
10:00 am - 11:00 am
27 Thanksgiving Free Public Talk & Veggie Potluck
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
29 Light Up Siesta Village and Holiday Parade
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Cops Corner: Sarasota
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World on a string
The exchange of goods and chatter are the usual soundtrack for the Saturday morning Downtown Farmers Market on Orange Avenue.
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Bookstores across the state celebrated Florida Bookstore Day Saturday. Bookstore1 held an all-ages literary party and read-a-thon for customers and members of the community.