Congressman and mayoral candidate Bob Filner argues the high-profile pension initiative on the June ballot is a fraud. Though proponents tout nearly $1 billion in savings, he says it alone wouldn’t save a nickel.

We’ve previously examined Filner’s claim and explained why it’s possibly true. According to the city’s financial analysis, the initiative’s long-term savings would come from a freeze in pensionable pay that isn’t guaranteed to happen. The savings would depend on the City Council’s future actions.

However, during some debates and media interviews, Filner has gone a step further and claimed the initiative would actually cost taxpayers $100 million in the first few years. Could the initiative dig into taxpayers’ pockets in the short-term and the long-term?

In this edition of Fact Check TV, Andrew Donohue and Scott Lewis explore that question and the accuracy of Filner’s claims. For an in-depth look, you can read our full analysis here.

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Keegan Kyle is a news reporter for Voice of San Diego. He writes about local government, creates infographics and handles the Fact Check Blog. What should he write about next?

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