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Proposal would increase New Ulm firefighter pensions

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NEW ULM, Minn. -

A proposal is coming before the New Ulm City Council that would increase the pension levels of firefighters.
 
Right now, members of the New Ulm Fire Department (NUFD) Relief Association are paid $3,750 per year of service. According to the city manager's proposal, members of the NUFD Relief Association feel an increase to that amount is warranted.

The plan would increase the benefit level over multiple steps, all the way up to $4,125 in 2016.

So what does this mean for the city? According to the proposal on the city council agenda, the City of New Ulm's contribution would increase by about $12,000 by the third year under the plan.
 
That last benefit increase that was awarded took effect back in 2009.

According to a letter from the NUFD Relief Association, the number of training hours and responsibilities of firefighters has increased.

The Association also says a higher benefit level would help recruit new firefighters.

The NUFD Relief Association currently has 41 members. The city council is expected to weigh in on the measure this upcoming Tuesday.