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Sandusky County auditor “double-dipping”

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SANDUSKY COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Sandusky County Auditor William Farrell has been accused of "double-dipping" – collecting a pension payout in addition to a government paycheck.

Farrell retired in November, but has been re-appointed. So he cashed in on his previous pension plan, and is collecting a salary from the county, as well.

"The state of Ohio really can't afford to pay people their full salary plus their retirement benefits," said Rep. Rex Damschroder.

"Double-dipping" by public employees costs the state of Ohio nearly one billion dollars per year. But Damschroder said that what Farrell and other employees are doing is currently completely legal.

"It's not something that you should fault the public employees for using, because it is the law," he said. "They're merely following the law. However, I do fault the legislature because I think this should be changed."

Damschroder said he is working on changing the law. He previously introduced a bill that would eliminate "double-dipping," but it died. He said he will revise the bill and bring it up again, though.

"It's not fair to the public," said Geanie Bollenbacher, a Sandusky County resident. But other residents said there are more important issues to worry about.

Farrell himself said he is protecting his old pension, and reaffirmed that everything he's doing is legal. Damschroder said he will continue to push for change.

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