Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover Township, is hosting a town hall meeting Thursday to talk with area residents about a proposal for pension reform.

Grove said the informational meeting will give people a chance to hear from Rep. Mike Tobash, R-Schuylkill/Berks, who wrote an amendment that would enroll new state and education employees into a combination 401(k)-type plan and a traditional plan.

Grove said he supports moving pensions to a defined contribution plan, such as a 401(k) style.

Tobash's amendment to House Bill 1353 is a step in the right direction, he said, because it begins to change the pension structure.

The town hall meeting is for anyone interested in leaning more about the current efforts for pension reform, Grove said, including taxpayers, state employees and school employees who want to hear a side of the argument not included by teachers unions.

Associated costs of the pension systems are projected to grow from $3.4 billion to $6.6 billion by 2019, according to a release from Grove about the meeting.

Grove said pension reform would help to keep school districts from raising property taxes in order to fund the looming pension increases.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dover Area High School auditorium, 46 W. Canal St. in Dover.

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