Voters to decide on Port Washington FD benefit program
The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission has recommended that the age cap on benefits be eliminated for senior members of the Port Washington Fire Department.
In 1992, a retention program was put into place that promised a small pension for those who served for 40 years. Currently, if a volunteer serves past the age of 65, benefits stop accruing.
"This retention program helps keep experienced ex-chiefs like myself and retired guys around during the day," says Charles Lang. "Keeps us on the job as trainers and drivers."
Ex-Chief Lang, 75, says the small pensions will be paid out of the firefighters life insurance cash value at no cost to taxpayers.
The change is up for a vote Thursday in the Port Washington fire district and two villages, Flower Hill and Port Washington North.