(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): St. Clair voters asked to renew tax for city pensions

Via Voice News

By Jim Bloch

Voters in the city of St. Clair will head to the polls on Nov. 5 to decide whether or not to renew a one mill property tax to help the city pay the pensions of city employees.

On a house valued at $100,000, the tax would amount to $100 per year.

It is one of the longest-standing voted taxes in the county. Residents first approved the millage in 1979 and renewed it in 1999, said City Clerk Annette Sturdy.

During his interview this summer, new City Superintendent Warren Rothe commended the city on its millage to help pay the pensions of retired workers.

Like many cities, St. Clair has underfunded its pension plan. The state of Michigan under Public Act 202 of 2017, the Protecting Local Government Retirement and Benefits Act, requires that municipal pension plans be funded at 60%.

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