Modified sick leave accumulation/severance pay

There have been at least two statements made in The Advertiser-Tribune in the last few weeks about sick leave severance pay for a category or categories of city of Tiffin employees. The articles seemed to say “new” and “non-union,” and there are five or six such employee positions like that now.

At any rate, the articles also said that state of Ohio employees’ accumulation and corresponding sick leave severance pay was being reduced, also – per the Ohio Revised Code. There is no such reduction in state of Ohio sick leave severance pay for any category of state worker. They still receive 55 percent of their sick leave monetary value when they retire, just like they always have.

It is true that a township or city can determine a different severance pay upon approval from their governing body, which is what Tiffin City Council just approved. That statement is in the Ohio Revised Code. There is also a statement in the code to suggest all city employees should be treated the same. It might be worthwhile to see the actual wording in the ordinance to see which category or categories of city employees are included in this modified sick leave accumulation/severance policy passed by City Council.

Does this mean that when a city income tax is passed, this severance pay would be restored and the laid-off city workers would be re-hired to their jobs? What about the reclassified city workers – would they regain their former classification (this reclassification just was recently approved by City Council). It is obvious that cities are receiving less money from the state and then the cities are expected to raise local taxes to cover the shortfall. No one likes new taxes, but when the state is considering lowering income tax rates, then the counties will receive less money than they do now. Then there will be another round of laid-off workers locally and more increases in local tax levies will be sought. This doesn’t include all of the additional events and services that new taxes are being proposed for in the state legislature. It seems like we could be paying many more taxes and fees than we ever have before. Doesn’t the ordinary working person receive the respect and right they are entitled to?

Respectfully submitted,

Robert Holzhauser,