Libertarian John Inks of the Mountain View City Council is quoted in a July 14 Mountain View Voice article by Daniel DeBolt. Excerpts:
In contracts approved June 30, the City Council was able to cut scheduled pay raises in half over the next two years with the SEIU and the EAGLES, unions representing a total of 359 city employees who originally were getting a 3.2 percent annual raise. About eight police managers also agreed to reduce scheduled raises by 50 percent over two years.
No deal was reached with the major police and fire unions to renegotiate existing contracts with pay raises of over 3 percent a year. "We worked real hard" over many "Tuesday afternoons at 5 p.m." to come to an agreement, said council member John Inks. "We did try with the POA and the firefighters," he added, "but we just couldn't get it done."
While the city's revenues are expected to remain flat, before the deals were made it was projected that personnel costs would increase by $3.8 million a year. Under the new contracts, the general fund will see a savings of $1.2 million over two years.
The city's eight department heads and the city manager, city clerk and city attorney have agreed to forgo raises of 3.2 percent for 2008-09 as well as merit bonuses in 2009-10.
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