Fountain Valley approved changes to future employees' retirement benefits that will help relieve some of the burden pensions are putting on the city.
The City Council unanimously approved a change Tuesday to newly hired employee benefits that increases the amount the employee will contribute and determines the retirement amount on employees' top three years of highest salaries.
The action will help reduce the overall retirement problem for the city, said Mayor Larry Crandall.
"We're got to get a grip around retirement [benefits], because it's just been out of control," he said.
The council approved amending benefits for miscellaneous employees to give them 2% of their salary for every year they work if they retire at age 60 or older. Current employees' pensions are calculated at 2.5% for every year of service if they retire at 55 or older.