Despite Furloughs Officers Still Get Paid More
POSTED: Friday, August 6, 2010 - 5:47pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 6, 2010 - 5:59pm
EL PASO - There seems to be some confusion about the fight over money between police and the city. During budget talks percentages were thrown around, but when it comes down to it how much money will officers gain or lose?
Let's start from the beginning: Two weeks ago City Council asked officers to delay a raise that they are supposed to get this year. The El Paso Police Association said no. They told us officers pushed back raises last year to work with the city and that enough was enough. Then City Council ordered officers be furloughed 3 days, but even that is still up in the air.
Let's look at some numbers: An average officer with two years on the job makes about $40,000.00 a year, and over the past two years officers have received raises.
"The raises for police officers ranged anywhere from 4% to 9% in the previous year. I think it was about the same amount in fiscal year 2009," Deputy City Manager William Studer said.
That means officers got between a $1,600.00 and $3,600.00 raise in 2009 and 2010. This year officers will get another raise around that same amount.
Now let's take a look at furlough days: If officers have to take the 3 days off without pay they'll lose out on roughly $600.00, but we're told the Chief of Police can still try to find other places to make cuts in his budget so officers aren't furloughed.
Bottom line: Even if police are furloughed 3 days they will still get paid between $1,000.00 and $3,000.00 more than they did last year.