Allan R. Mansoor

Proposed Costa Mesa firefighters contract is praised as ‘fair’ but panned as too costly

Proposed Costa Mesa firefighters contract is praised as ‘fair’ but panned as too costly

A proposed new contract for the Costa Mesa Firefighters Assn. was met with both praise and concern during a City Council public hearing Tuesday night.

Supporters called the tentative pact a reasonable, financially sensible agreement that would help Costa Mesa retain and attract high-quality firefighters.

But other speakers worried about its costs or whether it would affect the city’s unfunded pension liability.

As proposed, the contract would run through June 30, 2021.

It outlines four 3% pay raises for the association’s 73 members between now and Jan. 1, 2019.

Those employees also would see the amount they contribute toward their pensions gradually...

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