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Running Head: COMMUNITY ISSUES Community Issues John R. Black Wentworth Institute of Technology
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2 COMMUNITY ISSUES Worcester faces several issues, and the potential to support growth seems to be as varied as the city itself. According to Martin (2016), Infrastructure is the most critical issue that has to be addressed. This sentiment was supported by residents who felt that potholes and traffic menace is currently out of control. The second issue is that the city has the largest number of retirees than the active employees. The retirees expect to get health insurance and support. According to Thompson (2015), the city’s unfunded Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) stood at 660 million dollars, a figure which is twice the pension obligation to the town. As highlighted by the Municipal Association of Massachusetts, without a clear strategy, more than one-third of Worcester’s revenue will go to funding the retirees’ benefits by 2020. Regardless of the fact that the city is one of the largest in England, Worcester has the second lowest population among the main cities in the area. Over 50% of Worcester
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