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Brown's pension overhaul could apply to cities, counties

The details remain murky, but local government officials in Sonoma County said Tuesday it appears Gov. Jerry Brown's pension deal will have an impact on local workers.

The City of Santa Rosa expects to get clarification today from its attorneys specializing in pension issues, but the plan appear to affect not just state workers but future municipal workers, said Human Resources Director Fran Elm.

"It can't affect existing workers, but it could affect new hires," Elm said.

A release from the governor's office refers to the changes as "unilaterally" rolling back retirement ages and formulas for "local miscellaneous employees" and "local fire and police employees."

That means the state would be requiring even lower pension benefits for new workers than the "second-tier' benefits that took effect in Santa Rosa July 1.

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