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Sec. 1224.  Authority of City Council to Reactivate Surviving Spouse Benefits to Persons Who Remarried Prior to December 5, 1996.
   (a)   Council Authority.  The Council may by ordinance adopted in accordance with the provisions of this section reactivate the survivor benefit of a Qualified Surviving Spouse under any Tier of the Fire and Police Pension Plan who had remarried prior to December 5, 1996, and, as a result thereof, had their survivor benefit discontinued.   
   (b)   Limitations of Ordinance.  The authority given to the Council to reactivate the survivor benefit is specifically limited as follows:
   (1)   No benefits shall be paid for any period prior to the effective date of this Charter amendment.
   (2)   Operability of this Section.  This section shall become inoperative in the event that a demand is made by a bargaining unit representing employees affected by this section that an impasse over a proposed ordinance authorized by this section be resolved by binding arbitration if such arbitration is authorized by law.  In such event, pension benefits shall again be determined by Charter provisions in effect at the time this section was adopted.
   (c)   Mode of Adoption.  Ordinances adopted pursuant to this section shall be adopted in the same manner as provided in section 1618(b), but the City Council shall be advised in writing by an enrolled actuary as to the cost of the proposed program.
Added by Charter Amendment B, approved June 5, 2001, effective July 10, 2001.