379 total votes
Increase pay and adjust benefits similar to the private sector. Tax payers cannot afford funding liberal pension and health care plans. City and state employees should participate in social security and medicare upon becoming eligible. Tax payers would be better served with a defined benefits package even with the per police or fire employee cost remaining as is or even slightly more. Wages should be adequate to attract and retain quality employees without the unpredictable nature of some benefits.
Police and Fire have no social security benefits. In fact if they have worked another job and paid into social security for thirty years just the fact that they are in the Fire and Police pension allows the social security administration to pay little or nothing of the benefits already paid for. The wages and benefits are not enough to attract many people and certainly not enough to retain them. Many who think they are try it and lose interest really quickly. I challenge anyone who thinks there is anything, "lavish" about working for CPD to come on down and give it a try.
"harp3339"... You must really have NO idea what public workers get paid. I can only assume you imagine lavish politicians, because public servants don't squat. There hasn't been a single article that says cops, or firefighters get paid too much in this City or County. Go tell one to their face.