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Police officers will get a raise in 2014

The city of Rosemount and its police officers, part of the LELS Local#2 Collective Bargaining Unit, have come to a two-year contract agreement.

City administrator Dwight Johnson said negotiations were in good-faith and the tentative agreement is something both sides can live with.

“Nobody gets everything they want but everybody is satisfied with the agreement we came up with,” said Johnson.

The contract covers 2014 and 2015. As part of the agreement, police officers will see their wages increase by 2 percent in 2014 and 2 percent in 2015. Their uniform allowance will increase by $25 in 2015.

Sergeants are part of a separate unit.

The increase will go into effect Jan. 1, 2014. Johnson said the increase in wages is a long time coming.

“This is the highest raise they’ve had since the recession hit,” said Johnson.

Going into negotiations, Johnson said the city looked at what other comparable communities paid. Johnson said looking at what other communities have done provides a benchmark and is also required by state law.

In looking at a number of other communities who have agreed to 2014 contracts, Johnson said a 2 percent pay increase was pretty standard. Johnson said the increase will impact taxes by about $9 a year on the owner of a median-value home.

Council member Jeff Weisensel said he would have liked to see less of a wage increase. However, the motion to approve the contract passed unanimously.

While police officers will receive increased pay, some will have a decrease in the amount the city pays for health insurance. The agreement changed the funding formula for family insurance coverage. Starting in 2014, the city will pay 75 percent of the family insurance premium. Previously, the city paid 76.4 percent of the insurance coverage.

Overall, Johnson said the city’s police officers serve the city well and the agreement balances the need to compensate officers for their jobs while being prudent with tax dollars.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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