The bill is coming due this year for local governments struggling to fulfill generous pension promises they made in better economic times.

Starting July 1, most cities and counties in the Sacramento region will need to step up their contributions to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, which administers benefits for their 14,000 employees.

These cash-strapped local governments will see their combined contributions jump by $26 million to a total of $200 million, a Bee analysis shows.

That’s money that won’t go to other services – such as police protection, recreation programs and senior centers.

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