The city of Lodi has received just under $1 million they may set aside for future costs of health benefits for retirees.
In April, the Lodi City Council heard a report that the city is not setting aside enough money to pay for those benefits. So far, the city had built up more than $3 million in benefits they will have to pay in the future, but had not allocated money for. That number will grow to $17 million in 30 years.
The council looked at a few options, but made no final decision.
Since then, the city has received nearly $700,000 in refunds from overpaid property tax administration fees from San Joaquin County. A proposal on the agenda for the city council meeting next week would send that money, along with about $300,000 from other departments, to be earmarked for future retiree benefit costs.
The council will also consider revising a growth management ordinance to allow more construction and building in town with a shorter wait time for city permission. Dozens of building allocations have gone unused for years because builders are not using them. This would start the ordinance over, allowing it to fit with today’s construction needs.
Another item on the agenda is approving $83,000 for new laptops for Lodi Police Department patrol cars. That will replace outdated computers for half the fleet of 31 cars.
“Officers will be able to remove them from the car, can take it with them for notes and reports on the fly or during lunch,” said Deputy City Manager Jordan Ayers.
The money comes from two police related grants from the state and federal government.
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