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Naugatuck Board Unanimously Approves New Police Contract

Officers get raises, give back on insurance, in new pact.

The Board of Mayor and Burgesses unanimously approved a contract Tuesday that gives police officers raises of 2 percent, 2.5 percent and 3 percent over the next three years.

Mayor Bob Mezzo said he believes the contract is fair for both sides as the police union agreed to cost-saving concessions in health insurance and structural changes to retiree health care, which will save the borough money in the long term.

The contract will cost the borough an additional $69,218 in the first year, $138,678 in year two and $248,009 in year three for a total of $455,906 over the life of the pact, according to a fiscal analysis provided by Controller Wayne McAllister. A copy of that document is attached to this article as a PDF, as is a full copy of the new contract.

On the low end of the scale, a police officer starting on step one would earn a base salary of $58,150 in 2012-13, which would go to $61,392 by 2014-15, the final year of the pact. A person in the union’s highest rank – a captain – would earn $89,890 in 2012-13, which would jump to $94,901 by 2014-15.

For more information, Mezzo has posted a breakdown of the contract on his blog here. 

Pat D August 08, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Has anyone (taxpayers) received raises for the next 3 years. What about performance???
Silence Dogood August 08, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Very interesting, wasn't this the same board that pushed for a tax increase. Based on Naugatuck's track record we will taxes go up again to pay for these raises. Where are the cuts?
brutus August 08, 2012 at 02:42 PM
you know, if these guys were starving, I could understand. but with all due respect for what they do, they are already overpaid and over-benefited (if that's a word). explain to me how we can afford to give town employees raises if town residents are struggling? oh that's right, raise taxes.
chris August 08, 2012 at 06:31 PM
This is disgusting.
Angie August 08, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Tax and spend. That seems to be The Naugatuck way. The totally disgusting thing is the way my neighbors and fellow taxpayers just "roll over and take it". We have a say in how our money is spent. Please go to the polls on election day and vote them out. I'm sick of being lied to. We were told at the budget meeting that taxes had to be raised- there was no more cutting the budget. Then, STOP SPENDING!!! This isn't accounting 101...
Lynn August 09, 2012 at 01:33 AM
A lot of people don't have jobs or got reduced hours at work and lately have to pay for health insurance (it used to commonly be paid by the employers) - guess who the only employees who are getting raises in this trying to recover economy? Mostly Union workers!!! What is the amount of "cost savings concessions from health insurance" along with "structural changes to retiree health care??" Lets see a balanced budget for once!!!
John W August 09, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Lynn: Maybe you missed my post with all the other stuff on Patch. Based on your post in the marshal showing a gun story, it seems you know more than an attorney now. How did your meeting with the fire chief go? We are still waiting for your comments on the school business manager. http://naugatuck.patch.com/articles/board-to-discuss-contract-extensions-for-superintendent-business-manager Maybe this explains your posts "This is sooo sickening... I'll be back - just wait till I sober up!!!! Power to the people@!" http://naugatuck.patch.com/articles/taxes-spending-a-focus-at-naugatuck-budget-hearing
Lynn August 09, 2012 at 02:26 AM
John, I have been working overtime while I can get it. It seems I have touched a sore spot of yours! Could you be, by chance, a Union employee? I used to try and get active in politics, town hearings, town budgeting along with fighting for moral and financial causes... I am very fatigued tonight from working three jobs today so I cannot elaborate much more right now. I will make sure I post a post for you on Patch explaining when I do find out results for issues I feel that are important as it seems you are waiting for my response!!!
Lynn August 09, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Or if you would like to let me know your full name and telephone number, I can call you and advise you of my findings directly when they occur...
Lynn August 09, 2012 at 02:39 AM
I am getting too caught up in Patch comments - got to get some beauty rest hopefully!!!
John W August 09, 2012 at 09:25 PM
No Lynn, I am not a union member, nice try at a straw man argument. I never said I disagreed with you, just that you come on Patch, make accusations, and never offer reasonable solutions, or in the examples I used, follow through. Typical of a chronic complainer. BTW, I too am working a full time job and two part-time jobs to provide for my family. Finally, I am not giving you my phone number for several reasons, do I need to list them?
Lynn August 11, 2012 at 01:03 AM
John W - since when can't PATCH posters state how they feel (via positive commenting or complaining?) I have been overwhelmed with work (If you have followed my posts, I am a private sector worker), I take care of an ill mother for whom I drive an hour away EACH WAY to help out along with actively participating in my grandchildrens lives/activities. You judge me as a "chronic complainer"... I have attended meetings at our town hall, attended meetings at our CT Capitol, am currently involved in a neighborhood watch group, volunteered for a non profit organization in town along with performing free or dirt cheap mics chores for needy people. I have been an inquirer with various town officials and have worked alongside a few of them. I would really like to know if you are going to check other posters, especially the other complainers and see if they "follow through" with their posts!!! If you so called agree with some of my posts then why are you copying my three posts which I have not yet followed through with but will def will get to it when life gets less hectic with a ill mom and overtime work schedule to make ends meet... I will gladly share my "go getter list of community issues" with you whenever you want - lets see if you can compete! Go bark up another tree...
John W August 11, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Lynn, I never said Patch posters could not state how they feel. I actually enjoy spirited debate with those who hold differing opinions than mine as long as the arguments are factual and logical. You may want to re-read my posts and after that you may want to look up straw man argument. Never mind, I'll do it for you http://grammar.about.com/od/rs/g/strawmanterm.htm Whatever your personal burdens are, I'm sure others here, myself included, could go problem for problem with you if we wanted to play the game of who has it worst, personally I'm not interested. My issue is not that you post your opinions, but you come across as a know it all expert on most of your Patch posts without any substance to back it up. Although it is somewhat annoying it does have a bit of an amusing aspect. I could go on but I have wasted too much time on this and you.

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