Colorado Springs police and firefighters would get a raise, but the whole workforce would have to shoulder more healthcare costs. Those are among the proposals Mayor Steve Bach’s administration presented today to City Council. KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

The proposed changes come out of a study that found public safety officers are underpaid by some 5-7 percent. It also suggests the city may be paying above-market for its civilian workers. Chief of staff Laura Neumann says the city is seeking more research.

“So civilians will not have any market adjustments until the audit comes back, however we are going to implement merit pay for those who are eligible, which is about a third of our civilian staff at this time.”

Under the administration’s plan, annual pay for a senior firefighter would increase nearly $5000 to $66,000. The changes are expected to cost more than $3 million this year. But the administration hopes to save $2 million next year by switching the entire workforce to a high-deductible insurance plan. The administration is submitting its proposal to council for approval.

 

Comments are closed.

News

August 27, 2016 | KUT · At the University of Texas, it’s the first week of school under a new state law that allows concealed handguns in classes, buildings and dorms. Protesters demonstrated for and against the law.
 

August 27, 2016 | NPR · Parenting blogger Doyin Richards, mother Tammy Garnes, and professor Christopher Emdin share goals for the new school year and thoughts about homework.
 

August 27, 2016 | NPR · Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has publicly tried to reach out to minority voters. But that outreach may really be aimed at improving his standing with suburban white voters.
 

Arts & Life

August 27, 2016 | NPR · Nina McLemore designs clothes for powerful women: Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Janet Yellen, Elena Kagan and others. She talks about how fashion can help women stand out in political office.
 

Mark Seliger
August 27, 2016 | NPR · In Tom Wolfe’s first book of nonfiction in 16 years, he argues that the development of speech, not evolution, has made humans what we are today — evolution, he says, applies only to animals.
 

Shigeo Anzai Courtesy of Benesse Art Site Naoshima
August 27, 2016 | NPR · The population of Naoshima has fallen to 3,000. But this year, its art will attract 800,000 tourists from around the world. “The level of our sophistication has gone up considerably,” says a resident.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
August 27, 2016 | NPR · Sir the Baptist grew up on the South Side of Chicago. NPR’s Scott Simon talks with the singer and rapper about how music became his way of picking up where his father left off.
 

Susan Sharon
August 27, 2016 | MPBN · The religious sect known as Shakers, responsible for the song “Simple Gifts” and thousands of others, is almost gone — and a non-Shaker is trying to keep the group’s musical history alive.
 

Sony Pictures Classics
August 26, 2016 | WBGO+JAZZ.org · Hear three interpretations of the musical icon: on screen, with actor and director Don Cheadle; on the page, with co-biographer Quincy Troupe; and on stage, with trumpeter Keyon Harrold.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab