Salisbury City leaders have put a price tag on the decision to increase the salaries of police officers and emergency dispatchers.
It’s $488,000 and would cover the rest of the fiscal year through next June.
The Salisbury Daily Times reports that this is around $40,000 more than the original amount because it includes pay hikes for the city’s nine dispatchers along with the 60 rank-in-file officers.
Police Chief Barbara Duncan told the City Council during Monday’s work session that this would make the department more competitive with other law enforcement agencies in the region.
The city will have to find another $700-thousand to cover raises in future years.