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Posted: Tuesday, December 25, 2012 7:49 am | Updated: 4:57 pm, Thu Jan 3, 2013.

The city has sent out notices about a special election planned in March to address pension reform and security for public transit vehicles.

Phoenix’s special election is set for Tuesday, March 12. Voters will decide on three ballot measures “relating to pension reform for municipal employees and security for public transit vehicles,” said a statement from the city.

The city of Phoenix has been reviewing its pension system since January 2011.

City staff has recommended increasing the employee age/service to qualify for retirement and establishing a 50/50 employer-employee partnership to pay for the system.

The changes are estimated to save the city $596 million over the next 25 years.

Any changes to the system must go to a public vote.

The City Clerk Department has mailed notices of the special election to about 395,000 registered voters on the permanent early voting list.

“Voters on the permanent early voting list who want to receive a ballot by mail do not need to return the notice,” the city said. “Voters who received the notice who do not want a ballot by mail for this election should notify the City Clerk by mailing the postage-paid return postcard. The City Clerk needs to receive the postcard by Monday, Jan. 14, to prevent mailing the ballot.”

Voters who did not receive the notice may submit a signed request for ballot by mail by Friday, March 1.

Residents can find a request form online at phoenix.gov/elections or by calling the City Clerk Department at (602) 262-6837.

Residents must be registered by Monday, Feb. 11 to participate in the special election.

Phoenix will be using voting centers for the election. Voters will have three days to cast their ballots at any of the 27 voting centers across the city.

Voting centers will be open Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, March 11, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Tuesday, March 12, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. A complete list of voting centers and more information on the special election is available at phoenix.gov/elections.

More information about the city’s pension system and possible changes can be found at phoenix.gov/pensionreform.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com

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