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Sacramento Police Salaries Would Increase Under Proposed Contract

  

A new contract for the Sacramento Police Department would increase most salaries by 7 percent over the next year. Dispatchers would receive a 6-percent raise.

City spending for salaries and benefits would increase by $20 million over the next two years.

Officers and most other employees will receive a 3-percent raise retroactive to June, a 2-percent raise in December and another 2-percent raise next June.

New officers will make no less than $68,000 a year, and sergeants will make $108,000.

Tim Davis, President of the Sacramento Police Officers Association, says one group of employees will pay more in pension contributions: Civilian employees would receive a raise, but would pay 2 percent more for pension costs.

Davis says employees hired since 2013 will likely see an increase in their costs in the near future.

"Right now, the new employees are paying 11.5 percent, which is half of the cost," Davis says. "But, it looks like in the next couple of years, that cost is going to go up a lot.  As that cost goes up, the employees will have to cover half. So, it will continue to go up. So, if Cal PERS says the City's normal cost is 30 percent, the employees will have to pay 15 percent."

Davis says the 7-percent raise will put Sac PD in the middle compared to other departments its size.

The new contract proposal also includes an additional $150 per month in healthcare benefits for employees with dependents.

Officers who move into the city would receive an annual bonus of $5,000.

The proposed contract is going before the City Council Tuesday for approval.

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