Public workers in Ventura County are sure to face an unwelcome reduction in the coming months. In keeping with statewide efforts to cut budgets, Ventura County employees can expect to see large scale pension reform, leaving them with less incoming cash to fund their retirement. One strategy for combating deficits between the future demand for pension checks and the limited supply of projected funds is by having employees contribute to their own pensions by setting aside higher percentages of their current earnings, reducing the total strain on the local county and city budgets when it is finally time to make good on pension promises. While unionized city workers express a general willingness to help, they take issue with permanently cutting their take home income in order to provide for future pension payment problems. Furthermore, these problems are in no way related to worker performance, stemming from the faults and misjudgments of others, making the idea of common workers baring the burden for cutbacks appear illogical.So far, efforts towards this end have had moderate success, though there is still a very long way to go in terms of addressing the mounting pension concerns. This year alone, Ventura County will send out an estimated 138 million in pension payments, a number that is only expected to increase over the next few years unless radical reform takes place. Ventura County is not alone in facing this quandary, as much of the country is finding itself in a similar situation. The overriding cause of the problem is that the government failed to properly allocate funds for the large number of soon to be retiring employees who have been promised lifetime pension plans. As quality of life and the resulting life expectancy increases, an overlooked side effect is that people take more years out of pension plans, with set retirement ages now coming even decades before death. This inevitably leads to more total payouts to former employees over a longer period of time than was expected at the time pension plans were being drawn out.