Lengthy Mediation Efforts To Save Dallas Pension Fund Fail

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DALLAS (AP) – Lengthy mediation efforts this week between Dallas leaders and the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System have failed and no resolution appears evident as the pension stumbles toward insolvency.

A pension spokesman told The Dallas Morning News on Wednesday that talks have “all but collapsed” and that court battles appear likely.

Various Dallas police and fire associations said in a statement Thursday that they’re frustrated by the decision of city officials to “abruptly end mediation.” The associations scheduled a news conference for later Thursday.

The state Legislature must approve any fix.

The pension fund spent almost a decade basing its financial health on artificially inflated asset values from risky real estate investments made under a previous director. The FBI last year searched an investment firm that once advised the fund.

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