Officials: Huntington Fire Retirees Have Been Overpaid

Apr 20, 2017

A Huntington audit has uncovered the city's fire pension board failed to properly calculate retirees' pensions, resulting in overpayments for over 25 years.

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City Manager Cathy Burns says the city overpaid about 50 fire department retirees. Burns says miscalculations started in 1990 when the city moved to a "confusing" state formula.

Burns says an auditor randomly selected three 2015 retirees and found they've been overpaid $300 to 1,000 a month.

Huntington announced a nearly $5 million deficit in January due to multiple factors including increases in the city's fire and police pension contributions.

Officials say the Municipal Pensions Oversight Board implemented the correct formula; however the incorrect one is being used on the identified accounts.

Burns says a bill awaiting the governor's signature will help rectify errors.