Court rules for Annapolis in firefighter pension case

April 01, 2007|By Andrea F. Siegel

Annapolis does not have to match retired firefighters' pensions to the raises it gives working firefighters, the state's second-highest court has ruled.

The decision comes in a long-simmering dispute between 62 retirees who argue that the city was wrong to deny them raises, among them a 5 percent increase in 1995. The retirees receive cost-of-living raises in their pensions.

The city maintained the raises were merit-based and did not affect retirees. On Friday, a three-judge panel of the Court of Special Appeals agreed.

The ruling overturns a decision by the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court that said retirees were due the raises and reinstates a Civil Service Board determination.

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