Sun., 8:56 pm: Liberty officials, police settle on tentative deal

LIBERTY — Liberty Township and its police department have reached a tentative agreement on a cost of living raise, as well as an adjustment that will see officers pick up their own retirement costs.

According to Township Administrator Pat Ungaro, the two sides recently reached an agreement that will see officers receive a 10 percent increase in their gross pay. In exchange, the township will no longer pay the officers’ contribution to the state Public Employees Retirement System.

Ungaro said that the 10 percent increase in gross pay is not technically a raise; it will be wiped out by the givebacks to PERS.

“This money was always in their pay, but now it’s going to be in their gross pay and they will be getting taxed on it,” Ungaro said.

Read the whole story in Monday’s Tribune Chronicle.