More from City Hall: Police and fire deals approved

Mayor Ann Johnston is calling the City Council meeting to order. City Attorney Ren Nosky is reporting on the tentative police deal:

The vote was 6-1. Councilman Dale Fritchen dissented.

The deal is for a 15 percent raise retroactive to June 30, 2008. In return, the union would give $4.2 million in concessions. That involves a 3 percent furlough, a partial return of police uniform allowances and increased contributions to healthcare, among other concessions.

The deal extends the contract to 2012. That is the reason Councilman Dale Fritchen dissented. He said healthcare and retirement costs, among other costs, are insustainable and will be locked in for too long. “When you extend the contracts, you don’t get an opportunity to rewrite it,” he said.

The council also voted to extend the firefighter union’s contract to 2012. In return, fire is making concessions of $7.2 million, Nosky said (that was the target amount on which the budget adopted last month relied). Fire is freezing certain positions and making healthcare design changes, among other concessions, Nosky said.

More to follow.

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