Mayor Andrew Halverson vetoed a narrow Monday, Dec. 17, Common Council decision to privatize Social Security for the city’s seasonal workers.
It’s the first time the mayor has exercised his veto authority.
In a memo to the city clerk explaining his decision, Halverson said, “I cannot in good conscience allow this to go on, to affect such a small group of employees, for little city gain; in a way that could have massive ramifications relating to their future ability to collect Social Security benefits.”
It would take a two-third majority to override Halverson’s veto, which equates to eight votes in the 11-member Common Council. The vote Monday passed 6-5.
The Council’s action would have authorized the creation of an alternative Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) plan for the city’s part-time, seasonal and temporary workers.