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October 21, 2014

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Boulder City Council continues budget talks

On Tuesday, the City Council will hear whether unions for city workers agreed to allow spreading those employees' pay increases for next year over the next two years.

At a special budget meeting, the council will also offer severance packages to Boulder City Municipal Golf Course workers.

In February, the council voted to ask City Manager Vicki Mayes to negotiate with union representatives for police, fire, electrical and clerical workers.

Police pay increases for next fiscal year are planned at 4.5 percent, fire at 5 percent, and electrical and clerical workers at 4.5 percent, Mayes said.

If the unions agreed to the change in contract, the staggered wage increase would also apply to all other city employees, she said.

The negotiations are an effort to reduce the city's budget for the fiscal year 2010, which begins in July.

Labor is the city's biggest cost, at 70 percent of annual general fund expenditures, Mayes said.

Since December, Mayes has drastically reduced part-time employee hours in the Parks and Recreation department, including at the municipal golf course.

On May 19 at 7 a.m., the council will hold a public hearing on the tentative 2010 budget and adopt the final budget.

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