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Athens council delays retiree funding vote

ATHENS, AL (WAFF) -

The Athens City Council president asked the council to push back a vote that would have cost the city $87,000 Monday.

Council members tabled the issue at their meeting Monday night. The money would go to retired city employees struggling to get by due to the increasing cost of living. Council president Harold Wales said he wanted to help the retirees but he needed to figure out how the city could do so financially.

"They mean so much to me, those retirees but we've only got so much money," Wales said. "We've only got one pot to get it out of and I want to know how were going to pay for this."

The money would be loaned to the city by Retirement Systems of Alabama and the city would have two years to pay it back.

Huntsville will vote on the same issue at a city council meeting next week. Huntsville would borrow $600,000 from RSA, which would help 950 former city employees. Bill Kling said it was "money well spent" and could give some retirees an extra $300 a month.

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