Phoenix police officer not happy about proposed pay cuts

PHOENIX - The City of Phoenix is about to take up pay cuts for all city employees, but police officers still reeling from the last round of cuts say enough is enough.

The City is proposing a 1.6% pay cut this year and an additional .9% cut next year.

"It sounds cliché but, you know, helping people, protecting people, it's gratifying, it's fulfilling," said Phoenix Police Officer Britt London.

London has been with the department 19 years.  He was around when the city handed down the last round of pay cuts.

"Well, we made due. It wasn't the greatest thing, it never is when you have something taken from you that you expect to be there," he said.

He isn't thrilled about having to potentially make due with even less.

"Not happy, you know.  You budget and you plan and you expect some things to be there for you and your family and your children," he said.

Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher points out it's not just police being asked to take home less cash, the pay cut applies to all city employees.  He said it would save the city $16 milllion this year alone.

"A little bit of shared sacrifice will save all of our city services and I think that's the important message about the budget," he said.

London said his family and the families of his brothers and sisters in the department have sacrificed enough.

"I would like to know why it came to this, why they have to take from those of us who protect them," he said.

The city council meeting starts Wednesday at 3 p.m.  Council members won't make a decision then, but they will hear public comment.

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