TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - On Tuesday night, April 3, the vote was unanimous to approve a 2.5 percent increase for city employees that have been working with the city for over a year and a half.
Also approved for the next fiscal budget is a $1,000 one-time distribution for all city employees. Included was a cost increase for health insurance premiums that the city covers cost for.
The Fire fighters union, TFFA, and TPOA Police association asked that they be able to distribute their chunk of 2.5 percent increase differently than as a blanket 2.5 percent. Police and fire ask that they take their share of 2.5 percent and distribute it as they see fit. TFFA and TPOA individually will decide in the coming weeks how they will distribute that increase.
This pay raise will show up on the recommended budget on April 17 in some capacity, if not approved on the 17th it probably will be in the meeting after it.
At the same time they approved 2.5 percent for city employees, they also approved a Tucson Police officer retention plan.