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Detroit general retirement pension fund agrees to cuts in settlement

A man rides his bike past graffiti that reads "Bankruptcy" in Detroit, Michigan, December 3, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Lott
A man rides his bike past graffiti that reads "Bankruptcy" in Detroit, Michigan, December 3, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

DETROIT (WKZO) -- An agreement between Detroit and a second group of retirees on their post bankruptcy pensions is complete.

The General Retirement System board voted Wednesday in favor of a monthly 4.5-percent reduction in pension checks and the elimination of annual cost of living adjustments for its members. Pension fund attorney Michael Van Overbeke says the arrangement is as good as they could expect.

The city filed an updated plan of adjustment with the bankruptcy court late Wednesday that includes the settlement details and one reached this week preserving pensions for retired police and firefighters.

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