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Raleigh budget grants pay raises to police, firefighters

Posted June 12

Raleigh firefighters and their supporters rally for 7 percent raises before a June 7, 2016, public hearing on the city's proposed 2016-17 budget.

— The Raleigh City Council on Monday approved a $919.1 million budget that includes a small property tax increase as well pay increases for police officers and firefighters.

Raleigh police and firefighters have been asking for a pay increase from City Council members since last spring, with many saying they could not afford to live in the city on their salaries.

Last year, first responders lobbied city leaders for a pay increase and said they were disappointed. Ultimately, a 3 percent raise for all city employees was passed. At the time, firefighters and police officers were asking for a raise between 7 and 10 percent.

Beginning July 1, the starting salary for Raleigh police officers will be increased to $42,300, which city officials say is the second highest starting salary offered among local municipalities.

The starting salary for firefighters will increase from $33,654 to $39,200. City officials said this starting salary is the highest of any regional municipality when compared to salaries from the 2017 fiscal year.

City officials said tenured senior police officers and firefighters will also see higher earning potential and a total of 1,200 employees will be impacted by the pay adjustments.

About 2,100 non-public safety employees will also see pay increases under the budget.

City officials said the pay changes will be sustained by additional property tax revenue generated by a property tax rate increase of 0.7 cents. The tax rate increase from 41.8 to 42.5 cents per $100 valuation means the owner of median value home of $195,154 will pay an additional $13.68 in property taxes.

Raleigh residents will also see their monthly water and sewer bill increase by 3 percent to support efforts to maintain and expand infrastructure as the city grows as well as a 75-cent increase in their monthly residential solid waste collection fee.

Overall, the approved budget is 7 percent higher than the budget approved for the previous fiscal year.

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  • Rudy Bizzell Jun 13, 7:24 a.m.
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    What about all the other employees. Plus all the other benefits that goverment employees get compared to the private sector.

  • Randy Summerford Jun 13, 7:18 a.m.
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    Great move. A city as well-off as Raleigh can certainly take care of your first responders.

  • Henry Cooper Jun 13, 6:39 a.m.
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    Haley... They have even fooled themselves into thinking they have it rough.

    Stuff like this gives me less respect for a police officer. Add that to garbage like happened at SmithField's C&B or the LEO that tried to tell the guy in Wilmington they could not record a traffic stop and made up laws to support that. Respect us and we respect you.

    Lets discuss how many officers knew the SHP Sgt was sitting at home collecting our tax dollars but did not say anything because of "the code" or "Blue wall" garbage.

    Make our Sherri stop looking at us as the enemy when he talks about carrying out his duties "We don't like to talk about it," Harrison said. "When a general goes into battle, he doesn't give out his battle plans."How many folks here were aware that LEO's arrest rates are the same and the general population but their conviction rate is 1/2 of what the population has.

    Your pay goes well beyond a wages.

  • Haley Sessoms Jun 12, 10:19 p.m.
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    That's a nice pair of Costa Del Mar sunglasses the man in the picture is wearing. Sure wish I could afford a pair that nice

  • Haley Sessoms Jun 12, 10:13 p.m.
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    They claim they're wages aren't great. Ride by the fire department and look at the trucks in the parking lot. A bunch of 4wd crew cab chevys and fords. Last time I checked those trucks are going for 40k plus and that's the low end. But they don't make competitive wages huh???

  • Henry Cooper Jun 12, 9:09 p.m.
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    Lets get the full compensation package out there.

    The City of Raleigh offers generous leave and family coverage. Benefits begin the first day of Academy Training:

    11 Paid Holidays plus
    12 Days paid Vacation
    12 Days paid Sick Leave
    12 Hours Petty Leave
    Enrollment in NC Local Governmental Employees’ Retirement System
    Supplemental Retirement Income Plan of North Carolina 401 (K) Plan
    Deferred Compensation Plan (Optional) Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance. Benefits start within 30 days of being hired.
    So no waiting period once you start for any benefits. The PTO as it is know to many is very generous. One of the health plans described on the City of Ral website is paid for 100%. Nothing out of pocket for the employee. Anyone else get 100% that is not a local, state, or fed employee?

    What they are representing (which has so much spin on it its ridiculous) is far from what the compensation package really is.

  • Kelly Paris Jun 12, 8:27 p.m.
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    well, I wouldn't work for that wage, but then I never would have applied and accepted based on that wage.

  • Jeff Freuler Jun 12, 8:15 p.m.
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    Glad to see Raleigh gets it.

  • Trent Hall Jun 12, 8:02 p.m.
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    How does this show an arrogant attitude?
    Asking for a raise and cost of living adjustment for professional fire and police services that attract and retain employees for years to come instead of training firefighters and police that come for the training and turn around and leave? Doesnt that pay off in the long run?
    If you make less than $37,000, maybe you should go to school for a career change. Are you saying that you should "accept" the pay range and do nothing to improve your way of life for yourself and family (never mind risking your life everyday for people like you Tim)?
    Raleigh kept their word and they are better for it.

  • Tim Orr Jun 12, 6:06 p.m.
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    You can't afford to live in the city you protect? There are a lot of folks out here that make less than $37k a year. That's not a good argument and shows a bit of an arrogant attitude. I agree the pay for the danger you're in everyday, is decidedly low, but...so are the soldiers. You knew you were getting that pay range, structure you life to live in it, like the rest of society does...or find a better job.