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WMFR discusses strategic plan, pension ordinance

The West Manatee Fire District commissioners at a special meeting Oct. 11 discussed the first draft of a strategic plan as presented in first reading of a pension ordinance.

In the WMFR’s stop/restart pension plan provides money to WMFR from the state through insurance premiums to help fund firefighters’ retirements. But WMFR Chief Andy Price said the district hasn’t been able to use all the money that comes into the WMFR for its retirement plan.

Under an amendment to that ordinance, however, WMFR will be able to count all the money coming in toward its retirement, so firefighters will not have to contribute as much to their pension, Price said.

“Plus it reduces costs for the district,” Price said.

The WMFR will have another workshop to discuss its strategic plan at 5 p.m., Tuesday Oct. 21, at WMFR district station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

That will be followed by a 6 p.m. regular meeting in which commissioners will have a second reading of the pension ordinance.

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