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Sacramento City Council OKs raises for firefighters

City of Sacramento firefighters are due a significant raise in pay, but a new four-year contract could cause budget problems for the city, documents show,
City of Sacramento firefighters are due a significant raise in pay, but a new four-year contract could cause budget problems for the city, documents show, Sacramento Bee file

The Sacramento City Council unanimously approved a new four-year contract for city firefighters Tuesday night that will grant raises to front-line firefighters but contribute to city deficits in the future.

Firefighters will receive cumulative raises of 12 percent between now and December 2016. Those firefighters have not seen their paychecks increase significantly since 2008 after agreeing in 2012 to contribute to their pensions.

City budget officials warned that the new contract could lead to deficits of more than $10 million by 2016. The contract requires firefighters to contribute more toward their pensions, but savings from that concession will be offset by the raises, according to city budget documents.

Top city officials said they are hopeful the firefighters union will be open to discussing a decrease in the more than one dozen paid incentives they receive for special training and education. The union has said it is open to discussing those incentives.

The contract received very little feedback or criticism from the City Council.

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