The Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge No. 9 has ratified a new three-year collective-bargaining agreement with the Hilliard Division of Police.

Hilliard City Council is expected to vote on the contract at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at the Hilliard Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way.

Legislation approving the CBA was introduced Nov. 25.

"The FOP's contract team and the city administration were able to work together to come to an acceptable agreement in a timely manner," said Jeff Simpson, executive vice president of Capital City Lodge No. 9.

The three-year CBA would be effective Jan. 1; the current three-year CBA ends Dec. 31.

"It's good to have a CBA approved before it expires," Simpson said.

The new CBA provides a 3% salary increase each year of the contract for officers and sergeants, Simpson said.

For lieutenants, the salary increase is 2% the first year, 1% in the second year and no increase in the third year, but the contract also provides a vehicle allowance.

The deputy chief and chief are not part of the negotiations.

Police Chief Robert Fisher described the CBA as "an agreement that reaches common ground."

The three-year contract applies to 45 officers, six sergeants and two lieutenants, said Andrea Litchfield, a Hilliard police spokeswoman.

Using the division's salary step 1 as a baseline for comparison, the annual 2019 salaries are $67,350 for officers, $100,917 for sergeants and $117,372 for lieutenants, according to Litchfield.

Officers in the academy and in field training have substeps before achieving step 1, she said. Officers, sergeants and lieutenants also have annual salary levels at step 2 and greater based on seniority, she said.

As a result of the new contract, in 2020, the step 1 annual salary will be $69,370 for officers, $103,944 for sergeants and $119,719 for lieutenants, according to Litchfield.

In 2021, the annual salary will be $71,452 for officers, $107,063 for sergeants and $120,916 for lieutenants.

In 2022, the annual salary will be $73,595 for officers, $110,275 for sergeants and $120,916 for lieutenants.

The vehicle allowance for lieutenants means they will be issued a take-home vehicle to be used for business purposes pursuant to city and division policies, Litchfield said.

The total projected end-of-year police operating budget for 2019 is $10.9 million, according to city spokesman David Ball.

The requested budget for 2020, which has not yet been approved by council, is $12.3 million, he said.

However, the 2019 projection for personnel costs is $9.6 million, and the 2020 projection is $10.8 million, Ball said.

Not all of the $1.2 million difference can be attributed to the salary increases, he said.

The projection could include a few additional employees, increases in insurance costs and similar items, Ball said.

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