I've done some sums on the new Police Officers Contract.  Do you realise they can get a 9% increase with this contract when everyone else is losing their jobs or getting no raise?  Now I love the WVT police - they do a great job - but I have to think, do I love them THAT much?  NINE per cent increase? Wey Hey.

Now for the detail:

Recently, the Board of Supervisors approved the latest West Vincent Township Police Officers contract. I had given notice about the upcoming vote in a previous e-mail and a link to the contract. I reviewed the contract and here are some observations:

The contract states the officers are getting a 2% raise in each of the next three years. I wonder how this compares to the averages in TODAY'S WORLD for others? According to what I have been able to find on the web, it looks like WVT Police get paid very well. http://www1.salary.com/police-officer-Salary.html

Philadelphia Police work for far less money with more risk. http://phillypolice.com/careers/salary-and-benefits/.

Our officer's salary trend will be different from the national average. Look at the chart here: http://www.indeed.com/salary/Police-Officer.html  The national trend is down... The site also says the national average is $43,000.

West Vincent Township rates are close to New Jersey... http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/09/nj_police_salaries_rank_highes.html Note the concerns in the article due to the high pay rates.

WVT Police will be making more than Honolulu police officers with 20 years of experience. Ours will be making it after FIVE years.... http://www.honolulumagazine.com/Honolulu-Magazine/April-2010/Salaries/index.php?cparticle=7&siarticle=6 Hawaii is an EXPENSIVE place to live.

Now ALL the officers are getting a 2% raise back dated to Jan 1st 2012. However, it looks like some of them will be getting more in 2012. Like a 5% increase. This comes from the "Additional Compensation Increases".

Each police officer employed for 3 continuous years from January 1, 2008 will get a 3% increase in the following Township fiscal year, or the next year beginning Jan 1st. That means that ANY officer who was hired before Dec 31st 2008, and was there continuously for a three year period will get an ADDITIONAL 3% It seems that 3% is applied to their base salary in the year they reach 3 years. So, for those that are Class A (defined in the contract I sent) in 2011, they will be getting 2% plus 3%, which is a 5% raise the first year.

The way I read the contract, those that reach 3 years in 2012 will get a 5% total increase in 2013 on a salary of $68,245. Those that reach 3 years in 2013 will get a 5% total increase in 2014.The other two of the three years will be the standard 2% per year. So the average for those with 3 years of service at the end of 2011 will be getting a 9% total increase. Perhaps I am interpreting this incorrectly?

Did the 2012 West Vincent Township Budget incorporate the contract numbers or will they need to be adjusted somehow????

In fairness, and I covered this before, IF the cost of their Health Insurance increases, the agreement is that the employee will have to pay half of the increase. So there is potentially an increase in out of pocket expenses for the employee. Will the Health Insurance increase? No one knows.

If you need it the link to the CURRENT contract is  http://www.westvincenttwp.org/images/docs/Collective%20Bargining%20Agreement%202012-2014.pdf

There seems to be an earlier one, also:  http://www.westvincenttwp.org/images/docs/Proposed%20Collective%20Bargaining%20Agreement%20.pdf

This is good money and I congratulate the police officers for negotiating an excellent package considering what is happening in government today. Most municipalities, from Townships to Cities are suffering from shortfalls. Most government offices are trying to hold the line and make cuts in employees or cut wages so that all the employees can stay. In West Vincent, it seems that the tax money supply is endless. And with the bond money in, West Vincent Township should be able to makeup any shortfall in taxes (People are still re-assessing their properties, did you?) and permits for the year by just financing the rest. That debt will be spread out all the way to 2031. Any financial repercussions will be pushed to the future, for a future board to deal with.

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