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School Board double dippers



A growing number of elected officials are quietly taking advantage of a loophole carved into the state retirement law a few years ago that allows double dipping -- collecting a state pension while still getting a regular paycheck from taxpayers.

You'll recognize some of the names: School Board members Doretha Edgecomb and Jack Lamb (Hillsborough), Mary Brown (Pinellas), and Dianne Bonfield (Hernando).

See how much they are making in salary and monthly retirement benefits -- and check out the double dippers in other local governments, too. Times senior correspondent Lucy Morgan reported over the weekend that the cost of pensions for "retirees" who have returned to the payroll was around $300-million last year, according to the Florida Retirement System.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:35am]


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