A Democratic proposal to reduce public pension payments could save local governments money in the short run but increase costs in the long run, according to Roseburg City Manager Lance Colley. Colley spoke to about 100 members of the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce Monday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. He said government bodies are being asked to make up for a shortfall in the state Public Employees Retirement System caused by the 2008 stock market crash and high benefit payments made in the late 1990s. He said about 30 PERS reform bills were introduced in the Legislature this session. …
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