November 6, 2007 Special Election
Ballot Title Caption: Amends Charter: Changes Fire and Police Disability members' medical benefits.
Resolution 36526 - Adopted by Council 8/8/07
Exhibit A - Text of Charter Language
Exhibit B - Ballot Title
Ballot Title and Explanatory Statement - Multnomah County Online Voters' Guide
Measure approved by voters - Official Results
Caption: Amends Charter: Changes Fire and Police Disability members’ medical benefits.
Question: Shall police and firefighters receive medical benefits from disability system for work-related injuries after retiring from active duty?
Summary: This measure amends the City Charter for the Fire and Police Disability and Retirement Fund (FPDR). Sworn employees of the Police and Fire Bureaus are members of FPDR. The Charter provides that FPDR shall reimburse members for reasonable medical and hospital expenses arising from work-related injuries or illness. The Charter limits those benefits to expenses incurred while members are working or receiving disability benefits, and if members do not return to active duty and remain on disability until disability retirement age, FPDR reimburses members for medical expenses related to the injury for life. Currently, when members are injured and return to active duty, FPDR reimburses members for reasonable hospital and medical expenses related to the injury until their service retirement.
This measure removes the limitation on medical expense reimbursement after retirement. Members who return to work and retire will receive the same level of reimbursement as members who retire on disability.
The Charter amendment only applies to members who retire on or after January 1, 2007.
City Code Section 2.04.040provides that the City council may refer a measure to the ballot for the following reasons: