12/07/10 114 W - + 10 - 5 Task Force Says Charlotte Can't Afford Cost of Fire, Police Personnel

From the Charlotte Observer comes this story about public safety salaries. The problem, says a task force that's spent a year studying the city's budget, is that fire and police personnel receive annual raises that "exceed the growth rate" for other city employees. They'll also be losing federal stimulus money that helped pay for 125 new police officers. That expands the projected budget hole by a few more millions. By fiscal year 2013, police and fire expenses will surpass the property tax revenues that fund them. How does it get fixed? More revenues (higher taxes) or less spending (budget cuts). Read the story.

Next day’s story, no layoffs, says Mayor: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/12..
Legeros - 12/08/10 - 19:37

Well, I’m glad there’s no layoffs, but dang,... they have received some really good merit and COL increases given these times. I don’t mean it ugly, but there must be more to this story… So, why in this economic crisis would a city not consider or at least identify this approach as a risk? Charlotte must have some form of a “survivability factor” where the economy has not resulted in a dramatic effect. FYI – The City of Raleigh’s FY11 methodology is a 2% maximum merit (step) adjustment with NO cost of living this FY. Unfortunately, if you are in the 4th quartile of your pay grade, you will only receive a .5% merit increase (with a high or “outstanding” evaluation). The FY11 City of Raleigh budget document is at: http://www.raleighnc.gov/content/AdminSe..
A.C. Rich - 12/09/10 - 00:32

AC, your right, there is a lot that’s not being told. The task force pretty much hung public safety out to dry, and rooted us as the cause of the city’s financial problems. I’ll comment a little further when I have a little more time.
Rides An Engine - 12/10/10 - 09:56

Engine rider – What is your staffing like in the Queen City these days?
firedriver - 12/10/10 - 23:27

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