COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's law
enforcement officers and firefighters will likely be required next year
to put more of their salaries toward retirement benefits than other
The State newspaper reports Thursday
that the Public Employee Benefit Authority recommends that officers and
firefighters put 7.84% of their paychecks toward their pensions
starting next July. That's compared to 7.5% that teachers and workers in
state and local governments will pay.
The difference for about 27,000 officers and firefighters statewide is about $126 more next year on average.
A law signed in June
reforming the pension system requires all workers to pay more. But state
consultants say the 7.5% is not enough to keep the Police Officers
Retirement System solvent. That system is separate from the main