DETROIT (AP) – Detroit’s main pension fund plans to hold public meetings in early December to discuss upcoming cuts and an opportunity for retirees to apply for financial help.

Attorney Ron King says 4.5 percent cuts for 12,000 retirees likely will kick in by March 1 as a key part of Detroit’s bankruptcy. The pension fund also is recouping nearly $200 million from what the city says was excessive interest paid to annuity accounts.

READ MORE: Belle Isle Park Reopens Giant Slide Friday

Retirees at risk for falling into poverty can apply for money from a separate fund. Applications are being mailed and must be returned by Dec. 31.

The disclosures were made in court Monday.

READ MORE: Woodward Dream Cruise Kicks Off This Weekend: What To Know

Police and fire retirees in a separate pension fund fared better. Their annual cost-of-living payment will be reduced but their pension will not be cut.

[Detroit Bankruptcy: Complete Coverage]

MORE NEWS: Federal Judge Retains Jurisdiction In Lawsuit Over Enbridge Pipeline

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.