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Oregon city employees expecting raise

OREGON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Oregon city leaders will decide if dozens of city employees deserve a pay raise.

Last year, they received a 2.5 percent raise. Things are looking promising that they'll receive another bump this year.

There are 42 officers in the Oregon Police Patrolman's Association, and they're all in line for a 2.25 percent raise. City leaders are calling the raise very fair and consistent with raises that the private sector has been giving.

"Ultimately, we want to continue to attract strong police officer candidates, strong employees as we go forward," said City Administrator Mike Beazley. "Oregon is lucky to have a very good workforce, and we want to keep it that way."

City leaders say the Patrolman's Association wasn't thrilled with the wage increase offer at first, but after it sunk in, they accepted. Council is also expected to approve a 2.25 percent raise for non-union employees, like secretaries and department heads.

"We want them to know that they are appreciated, and we want them to know that we are out there for them, because we know they're out there for us," said Mayor Michael Seferian.

The raise is the same increase that firefighters and police command officers received. It will cost the city about $250,000 for all employee raises over the next year. Can they afford it?

"Yes, we're okay," said Council President Tom Susor. "We've been budgeting for this through our last budgeting session. We talked about where we're going to try to be and we're within the parameters of what we set."

Susor thinks the raises will be approved by city council at the next meeting Monday night. They would be retroactive to July 1 of this year.

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