Prior to the adoption of Ord. 21455 on 09/17/2012, Section 18-65 read as follows.

    (a)      The contribution of each covered firefighter employee shall be sixteen fifteen and twenty four hundredths (16.24 15.24 ) percent of the employee's compensation. "Compensation," as used in this subsection, includes salary, wages, overtime pay, amounts contributed to a cafeteria plan under Code section 125, amounts contributed to a deferred compensation plan under Code section 457, and any amounts contributed to this plan on behalf of a covered employee and picked up by the city under Code section 414(h), sick leave buy back payments, automobile allowance payments, and cash in lieu of vacation payments under section 19-129(b). Compensation does not include payment for unused vacation days or unused floating holidays, workers compensation payments, safety awards, or any other payment or benefit not listed in this subsection.

    (b)    In addition to other employee contributions set forth in this section, each covered firefighter employee shall pay into the firefighters’ retirement fund one and eight hundredths (1.08) percent of the employee's compensation. This amount is to pay for the 1997 improvements in disability retirement benefits and is subject to periodic adjustment.

    (c)    The contributions of covered firefighter  employees shall be deducted from the ir  biweekly compensation and placed in the firefighters’ retirement fund . Deduction of contributions shall be a term and condition of employment; acceptance and continuance in employment shall be deemed to be the assent of an employee to deductions.

    (d)     The city shall pick up employee contributions required of covered  fire fighter  employees . The contributions so picked-up shall be treated as employer contributions in determining tax treatment under the code. The city shall pick up these contributions from funds established and available, which funds would otherwise have been designated as employee contributions and paid to the retirement fund.

P ursuant to section 414(h) of the code, these employee contributions so picked up shall not be included in gross income for tax purposes until such time as they are distributed by refund or benefit payment.

    (e)      The city shall pay into the firefighters’ retirement fund all amounts that are needed, in addition to the contributions of covered firefighter employees, to make the fund actuarially and financially sound.

    (f)      The administrator, shall return to the appropriate city fund any city contribution made by mistake.

(Code 1964, § 9.1930; Ord. No. 10299, § 1, 9-4-84; Ord. No. 18868, § 1, 2-4-91; Ord. No. 13117 § 1, 9-16-91; Ord. No. 13555 § 1, 1-4-93; Ord. No. 13816 § 1, 9-20-93; Ord. No. 14597 § 1, 8-21-95; Ord. No. 14982, § 1, 9-16-96; Ord. No. 15381, § 1, 10-6-97; Ord. No. 16614, § 1, 9-18-00; Ord. No.16632, § 1, 10-2-00; Ord. No. 018160, § 1, 7-6-04 )