Plan Amendment Election Results
Voting in the 2016 Plan amendment election ended 12/17 at 12pm with the following results as provided by DPFP’s third-party election vendor, Election America, Inc.:
Ballot Item 1 – Plan Changes Related to Benefits – NOT PASSED – 45.0% In favor, 55.0% Not in favor
Ballot Item 2 – Plan Changes Related to Service Trustee Board Positions – PASSED - 66.9% In favor, 33.1% Not in favor
Ballot Item 3 – Requirements to Receive Credit for Additional Compensation Upon the Award of Back Pay – NOT PASSED - 64.8% In favor, 35.2% Not in favor
A demographic detail of the voting results can be seen here.
As a reminder, a vote of 65% in favor is required for an item to pass. Election results are not considered final until certified by the Board. The Board’s review of election results is currently set for a Special Board meeting on December 29th.
The decision by members of DPFP to reject proposed plan amendments for Item 1 and 3 does not change the mission of DPFP and its members, Board and staff. DPFP remains committed to making the necessary adjustments to ensure that Dallas’ first responders can rely on the retirement benefits they have earned.
The voting process was delayed by one lawsuit and occurred during another lawsuit by the Mayor in his role as a private citizen. The delay, along with the actions and statements of the Mayor, the Dallas City Council and City staff, makes it difficult to determine the factors that led to the vote outcome.
DPFP Board and staff are focused on the submission of legislation to the Texas Legislature for its review and action in the upcoming 2017 session.
DPFP Board and staff will also continue to work with the City of Dallas to overcome the current challenges and to try and find a solution to secure the fund so that Dallas’ first responders can continue to rely on the retirement benefits they have earned.