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Meet & Confer statement

Post Date:09/11/2017 3:12 PM

Representatives of San Angelo’s police officers walked away from the negotiating table during this morning’s Meet & Confer contract. They did so with the full understanding the current contract between officers and the City expires Sept. 30.

The City Council and City management remain committed to a $1.075 million increase in the 2018 budget for salaries for the San Angelo Police Department. That includes carrying forward $635,960 in pay raises from this year’s budget, $319,815 for five additional officers and $119,473 for a 1-percent pay raise for officers in the coming year.

The City Council is committed to improving pay for police officers. This is evidenced by raises in the current three-year contract of 6.6 percent in 2015, 6.26 percent in 2016, and 7.31 percent to 9.68 percent in 2017, depending upon their rank. Today, the average police officer earns $57,950 in base pay. With incentive pay for college degrees and continuing education, plus pay for special assignments, total earnings for police officers average $61,126 per year.

The City Council is equally committed to living within the means of the current property tax rate. Doing so allows for healthy pay raises for firefighters, whose wages lag behind other City employees, and marginal raises for police officers and civilian employees. That approach treats all employees fairly, ensures a continuing high-quality of public service and avoids overtaxing homeowners.