Indianapolis officials approve 3 percent raise for police, firefighters

Raise will come July 1, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS - Police and firefighters will get a raise next year in a last-minute deal with the city.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard announced Tuesday that an agreement in principle had been reached between the city and the Fraternal Order of Police and the Indianapolis Professional Firefighters Local 416.

The employees were set to receive a 3 percent raise in January 2013, but it was put on hold as the city faces down a $60 million shortfall.

They will now receive the 3 percent raise on July 1. 

"The city took the very difficult but necessary step of reopening the salary and benefit sections of these contracts due to the severe strains on the city’s current budget," Ballard said in a news release. "I want to personally thank the members of my team and the FOP and Local 416 who bargained in good faith and reached this new agreement in a timely and responsible manner."

The estimated budget impact of the increase will be approximately $3.5 million for 2013, the mayor's office said.

The agreement still need to be ratified by the unions.

FOP President Bill Owensby said his organization will not discuss the agreement until after the vote.

 

"Due to the sensitivity of these discussions and consistent with the FOP's long standing practice, our organization will refrain from any public comment concerning this proposal until the subsequent vote by the affected employees has been completed," Owensby said in a news release.

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