Santa Rosa firefighters delay pay raise
Published: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 8:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 8:54 p.m.
Santa Rosa fire fighters deferred 3.5 percent raises this year to help the city weather its budget problems.
The City Council on Tuesday formally accepted the salary concessions, which are expected to save $690,000 this year.
“A big thank you to the fire fighters for doing this,” Councilman Ernesto Olivares said.
The city has been seeking 5 percent salary concessions from most of its employees for months.
The current budget assumes the city will ultimately secure $2.5 million in concessions from employees to help plug its $3.8 million budget gap.
Firefighters previously agreed to forgo raises to keep fire stations open and pay for a portion of their medical premiums, said Chris Sliz, the city’s employee relations manager.
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