Sacramento -- John F. Shirey, Sacramento City Manager, says police officers must contribute their share of pension costs to substantially reduce Sacramento's approximate $9 million budget deficit.
"They gotta pay!" Shirey states at the first meeting Wednesday of the 2013 Sacramento City Management Academy.
"Police patrol officers do not pay their pension share. These are hard times! Most [city] employees are paying their share of pensions with the city paying its employer share," Shirey comments.
He says if police patrol officers pay their share of pension costs -- projected to be $5 million -- it will substantially reduce the city's current $9 million budget deficit.
At the start of the long-term recession, Shirey says the city entered into five-year contracts with labor unions.