An arbitration panel has awarded the Middletown Borough Police Department with new contracts. The department went through the arbitration after the borough denied their requests for new contracts. The new contracts include a four percent pay increase in 2014 and officers no longer have to contribute part of their paycheck to cover their medical benefits.
Borough council members say the pay increase will put further strain on the already cash-strapped city. During a town meeting in Middletown Monday afternoon, members discussed their concerns over the contracts.
Communications director, Chris Courogen says, “The contract fails to adequately recognize the serious financial circumstances facing the borough. The wage provisions and the failure to require the officers to make any contribution to the cost of their health care premiums are inconsistence with and are detrimental to the borough’s tenancy financial position”.
Although police officers received a raise, they are not completely happy about the contracts. They say many aspects of the deal were not met.
The borough will hold a second meeting Monday evening to evaluate its fiscal situation. Middletown Borough Police officers will also attend to voice their concerns.