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DEPAULIS SAYS POLICE MUST TAKE FINAL OFFER OR GET LESS

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Salt Lake Mayor Palmer DePaulis said Tuesday the city will enact a salary ordinance considerably less generous than current employee salary offers, if the Salt Lake Police Association rejects his final offer.

Salary ordinances, which establish salaries determined by the city without agreement reached through collective bargaining, are enacted by the city in the event contract's aren't signed with unions.Salt Lake Police Association President David Greer rejected what DePaulis called the city's final offer to the union. The city's offer includes a 4.7 percent salary increase or payment of union members' pension plan, but not both. Value of the offer is about $370,000.

Greer and his membership, however, wanted both elements of the city's offer. Greer said with a one-time contribution of $100,000 the city could assume employee pension-plan payments and save money in the long run because insurance premiums paid under a revised state pension plan are expected to shrink.

City negotiator John Gisler said the city can't afford to fund both parts of the plan. "We just don't have the money," he said.

Asked if the police union is at an impasse with the city, Greer said, "we're not at impasse, we're through."

DePaulis stressed that the city's final $370,000 offer is on the table until June 13, the day the City Council is scheduled to vote on a final budget, which must be passed under state law by June 15. If it is rejected, DePaulis said the city will enact the salary ordinance.