Kansas City’s senior firefighters will have an added incentive to retire, under a program that the City Council endorsed Thursday.
In the past, firefighters eligible to retire got a payout of 50 precent of the value of their sick leave bank when they left the city. Under the new incentive, they would be entitled to a 100 percent payout.
The average payout would be just over $134,000, and if everyone eligible takes the incentive, it could cost the city more than $4 million.
But city officials said they did not expect the actual payout to be that high, and they expect the program will save the city in long-term payroll costs.
Eligible firefighters must apply by July 31.