From Racine Community Media:
"Racine- 'In light of the "financial hardship" that the city used last
year to leverage an 8 percent reduction in the compensation of its
police officers, we are at a loss as to how such an extraordinary
increase can be justified now for an individual who was hired at a lower
rate of pay back in (2009),' states Todd Hoover, a criminalist and
Racine Police Association president, in the letter.
"'In the eyes
of many Racine Police officers, there seems to be an incredible lack of
balance in how this city approaches its mission of serving this
community and the taxpayers,' Hoover writes in the letter.
has caused many Racine Police Association members to seriously question
the city’s priorities, and has inspired a great deal of frustration
amongst the men and women who risk their lives to keep our community
"Dickert responded later Thursday regarding the letter,
calling its tone ‘unexpected,’ and reaffirming the difficulties the city
is facing in retaining its experienced employees.
cannot increase revenues, it’s difficult to deal with the increasing
expenses,' Racine City Administrator Tom Friedel said.
& Dickert’s plan for balancing the budget calls for using funding
reductions, staff cuts, reserves, cost re-allocations, and $3.1 million
garnered from employees contributing more toward their health care and
state pensions, all while authorizing and voting for and approving a FAT
RAISE for Tom Friedel!"
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