Overrides veto

Bellevue Council voted unanimously to override Mayor George Doscher’s veto of the salary ordinance adopted by council in December.

Doscher said that he disagreed with a provision of the ordinance that required non-contract employees to contribute 10 percent of the cost of their health insurance. A recent contract reached with the firefighters union set their contribution rate at only 5 percent. Members of the police and public works unions currently contribute nothing.

Solicitor Tom McDermott pointed out that whether the veto was overridden or upheld, non-contract employees would continue to contribute 10 percent until a new ordinance was approved. The only difference, he said, is that if the veto was allowed to stand, all pay increases included in the ordinance would not go into effect.

Council agreed to have the finance committee look at an ordinance amendment that would decrease the contribution, but at the same time determine where the increased borough contribution of almost $6,000 could be found in the 2012 budget.

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