Police officers in Spring Lake Heights fight for pay raises and contracts
Police officers in the Borough of Spring Lake Heights are fighting for contracts and pay raises after nearly three years without them.
Some police officers feel they are not getting paid what they deserve, causing negotiations between police and council members to become heated. Councilman John Brennan says a new state law to help lower property taxes prevents municipalities from expanding their budgets by more than 2.5 percent a year. According to Brennan, larger police raises would push Spring Lake Heights past that limit.
Officers say they will not let the negotiations affect their jobs and will continue to protect the public during the talks. An arbitration hearing in this case has been set for October.