Pasco police officers are getting a pay raise after working since the end of 2013 on an expired contract while negotiations dragged on.
The city council recently approved the collective bargaining agreement with the police officers association, which covers all uniform employees.
The agreement is good for 2014 and 2015, so the city likely will have to go back to the bargaining table before the year is over.
Commissioned officers will get a 2-percent pay raise retroactive to Jan. 1, 2014, and another 2-percent from Jan. 1, 2015. Then, effective July 1, they will get another 2-percent increase.
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City Manager Dave Zabell said it is a significant increase for the officers, but not a big cost to the city.
The new contract increases the average annual cost of police operations by about $112,000.
The agreement provides better medical coverage for less money. It also now allows Pasco detectives and SWAT members who live within 15 miles of city limits to take home their city vehicles.