DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond. CASEY SYKES, CASEY.SYKES@AJC.COM
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DeKalb CEO proposes cost-of-living increase for retirees in pension

DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond has proposed a 2 percent cost-of-living increase for 11,000 retirees who are pension recipients.

The increase would begin on July 1, according to Thurmond’s proposal, although some county commissioners have expressed interest in making into retroactive to Jan. 1 or making the increase higher.

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County auditor John Greene and ethics officer Stacey Kalberman have been pushing for significant changes -- including a ban on gifts to county employees.

Retirees or their beneficiaries receiving the pension have not received any cost-of-living adjustments in the past 14 years, the county said.

The DeKalb Board of Commissioners is expected to approve the pension changes as part of the 2019 budget. That vote is scheduled for Tuesday.

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