Re: “‘Pension spiking’ costs state” (TNT, 4-6).
This headline is a gross mischaracterization of a questionable, if not illegal, action of administrative abuse and personal advantage. The ‘spiking’ of final base salary in order to enhance pension benefit is not only contrary to the legislative intent of RCW 41.26 (applicable to LEOFF-1), but could easily be interpreted as conscious and collusive action designed to relieve local public safety costs while burdening the LEOFF-1 retirement fund (a state operated fund) with additional liabilities, enhancing some retirees’ benefits.
Since 2000, taxpayers have made no contributions to the LEOFF-1 retirement system. The …