Negotiations between Genoa Township and its police union have stalled for a second time since they began last summer.

Negotiations between Genoa Township and its police union have stalled for a second time since they began last summer.

At a special meeting Jan. 26, Genoa Township trustees unanimously rejected a fact-finder's report for the police union contract which expired Dec. 31.

The township declined to comment on the negotiations, but the fact finder's report shows the "parties disagreed on the issues of wages and insurance." The township and union agree on the other points of the contract, the report says.

In November, the State Employment Relations Board (SERB) appointed fact-finder Joseph Gardner.

On Jan. 7, Gardner met with both parties, who presented their stands on the two points of disagreement. His Jan. 20 report gives recommendations for each contested point.

Regarding wages, the report says the union is arguing for a 3-percent increase for each year of the two-year contract.

Since 2005, officers' increases have averaged 4.3 percent, the report says,

The township wants wage increases of 1 percent for the first year of the contract and 1.5 percent for the second.

"SERB data shows the average increases for all Ohio township police departments in 2011 ... is 2.7 percent," the report says.

However, the union compared pay for the township officers to that of neighboring police forces and said that "Genoa Township officers earn approximately 88.5 percent of the average pay of neighboring police units."

The township said that for 2006-09, "The wage increases . . . have exceeded the average percent increases statewide," the report shows.

The union also wanted to see the percentage of pay differential between ranks increased to 10 percent from its current 8 percent. The township did not want to see that changed.

The township argued it could see a loss of tax revenue if property values decrease by the projected 5 to 10 percent, as Delaware County auditor George Kaitsa has said.

It also argued that "voters are looking very carefully at any government activity which would raise taxes," the report said

The union said the township needs to collect revenue for the position of an officer working at the school. It also said that the police might be funded by the general fund, not just by the police levy that "passed by a large margin." The 3.8-mill five-year police levy passed by a vote of 2,888 to 1,729 in May 2010.

Gardner recommended "a 2-percent wage increase in 2011 and a 2-percent wage increase in 2012," the report said.

The township wants the police employees to contribute to their health insurance deductible. The township currently pays the full amount.

The township wants the employee to pay $200 for single coverage and $400 for family coverage in 2011, $300 for single coverage and $600 for family coverage in 2012, $400 for single coverage and $800 for family coverage in 2013, the report says.

The township currently pays $1,200 for the single coverage and the $2,400 for family coverage.

The township incurred a 27-percent insurance renewal increase in 2010, the report said. The township said if the employees contribute to the deductible, they would be more "consumer-minded about their health spending."

The union wants to continue with the township paying the full deductible, and Gardner agreed, the report said.

Gardner also said the township should develop a labor-management insurance committee that could help with shopping for better insurance rates, educating the members about rising health care costs and reporting on what insurance uses could be driving up health care costs.

The stall negotiation process will return to SERB.

The township is negotiating separately with both the police and fire bargaining units. Both contracts expired Dec. 31.