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Dallas mayor leaves lawsuit meant to stop pension withdrawal

March 1, 2017

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has withdrawn from a lawsuit he filed as a private citizen against the Dallas Police and Fire Pension system in an effort to prevent the plan from making large lump-sum payouts on deferred retirement funds.

Rawlings withdrew Tuesday and said through a spokeswoman that the four city council members on the pension board who intervened in the lawsuit in February were in a better legal position to continue the challenge.

The pension system is in danger of becoming insolvent in the next 10 years. Officials spent almost a decade basing its financial health on artificially inflated asset values from risky real estate investments made under a previous director.

The board will meet next week to vote on requests by members to withdraw money from deferred retirement accounts.

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