City Solicitor says Council can kill DROP

The city of Philadelphia has the legal right to eliminate the DROP pension perk, City Solicitor Shelley R. Smith said in an opinion. She says language in the original legislation allowed for that.

The city's unions have argued that the Deferred Retirement Option Plan, or DROP, can be killed only through negotation with them. Council President Anna Verna had asked for Smith's opinion after Mayor Nutter in August asked Council to end the program, citing a Boston College study argueing that it cost $258 million over the last 10 years.

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