Police Chief Arthur Scott said he is happy the deal is sealed.
“We’re always happy when they get settled, that’s kind of a practice you go through because you have to,” Scott said. “It’s nice to get that taken care of and everybody can move forward and get it off their minds.”
The union president could not be reached for comment.
The 2020 appropriation shows expenditures just shy of $3 million in the police levy fund and personnel costs amount to nearly $2 million.
Voters overwhelmingly approved the 5.25 mill permanent levy in March 2016 by a 60-to-40 percent margin. The primary purpose of the levy was to hire five new police officers over time.
City Manager Marcos Nichols said the negotiation started a little late but it only took five meetings to reach the new agreement. The old contract expired in December.
A lot of the new contract is basically “clean-up” according to Nichols, like switching longevity pay from a lump sum to an additional hourly rate, “we wanted to make sure that what we had in the contract follows what we do in practice.”
Nichols said the importance of the new contract is “really it’s just getting it done and getting the stability in place for our residents, that we have this in place for the next three years.”