PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – City Council returned to work Thursday with the controversial pension perk ‘DROP’ very much on their minds. They still have to tackle the mayor’s call to eliminate DROP, and now one council member proposes letting people who signed up opt out.
Councilman Frank DiCicco is one of three incumbent council members who is seeking re-election despite being enrolled in DROP. He regrets his decision to enroll, and has introduced a bill to let any city worker, including those elected, change their minds and opt out of DROP:
“We’re legislators, we make laws. And we’ll have to un-do this law in order to save the taxpayers money.”
Majority Leader Marion Tasco and Councilman Frank Rizzo are also in DROP and plan to seek re-election. Rizzo co-sponsored DiCicco’s bill.
Tasco says she has to study it.
“I don’t know enough about it to discuss it at this point,” Tasco said. “I’m not going to make any comments now about that.”
Tasco is likely to be unopposed. DiCicco has several other likely opponents, one of whom — Joe Grace — showed up at City Council Thursday. He said DROP should remain, in his words, “an irrevocable decision to retire.”
No date was announced yet for a hearing on DiCicco’s bill, nor on the larger question of abolishing DROP.
Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio