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Binding Arbitration Panel Is Good First Step For State

June 25, 2013

One paragraph of a 2001 arbitration settlement between Jamestown and the Kendall Club Police Benevolent Association sums up the entire debate over binding arbitration....

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Jun-25-13 5:32 AM

So what I'm hearing here is that if a City or Municipality is fiscally responsible and has accrued a fund balance greater than 5% of it's annual budget an arbitrator can award a settlement greater than it normally would. BUT WAIT, if the city has a fund balance, couldn't that be a result of OVER TAXATION of it's citizens in addition to fiscal responsibility. That fund balance is OUR money; we just sent too much to the taxing authority that year! And WE get punished for it. So let's go into a distress mode and we'll get smaller settlements? So very sad.

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Jun-25-13 7:50 AM

Honestly, binding arbitration has always been a joke, and it still is. Very rarely will you read about a case that he municipality won. The unions always win these arbitrations at the expense of the tax payers. So I question 1)the ability of the decision makers in these cases, and 2)why would a municipality even agree to binding arbitration knowing they are probably going to lose anyway? The whole system is corrupt, which is a reflection of today's lawyers and laws.

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