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City Error Means Reservists Owe San Jose Money

SAN JOSE (KCBS)— The San Jose City Council is planning to audit a program that’s led to frustration and anger among city employees who serve as active-duty military reservists. Under the program city employees- many of them police officers – are paid the difference between their city salaries and what they make in the military.

Because of administrative errors, many were overpaid, in some cases thousands of dollars.

San Jose City Councilman Pete Constant said he sympathizes with the reservists’ frustration.

“Oftentimes their spouse and children are at home and the money comes into the account and gets spent,” he said. “When they come back they don’t have the money to pay it back.”

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

The new policy seeks to change the payment method. Reservists would also have to pay their own retirement contributions, which is not the case now.

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