Piedmont voters are being asked to extend a parcel tax for city operations that originated in 1980 and costs a typical homeowner about $411 a year.

We endorse Measure Y because the city receives little sales tax revenues that most cities collect. But voters should know they also pay yearly parcel tax, $559 for a typical home, for sewer repairs. And they should be aware that the city provides some of the most generous, and expensive, pension benefits available statewide for nonpublic safety workers and the workers pay almost nothing toward the benefit.

That must change. Employee contracts expire Dec. 31. Voters should review pension costs again when three council members' terms expire in February 2014.




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