Are police, firefighter deals good for taxpayers?
New three-year contracts for the city of Janesville’s police officers and firefighters offer pay raises. These amount to 2 percent the first year, another 2 percent the second year and 4.25 percent the third year.
Police officers and firefighters, however, will take home less pay those first two years. That’s because they’ll start paying 6.65 percent of their salaries toward their pensions in both 2013 and 2014. That rises to 7 percent in 2015.
Is the bottom line good for this city and its taxpayers? Reporter Marcia Nelesen wrote about this topic in Monday's Gazette.
We’ll share our perspective in our editorial Thursday.