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Horsham Amends Police Pension

Changes to the Horsham Township Police Department's pension plan stemmed from a binding decision issued in May.

The Horsham Township Council formalized an arbitrated change to the township’s police pension this week.  

Under the ordinance that the governing body adopted on Wednesday, the 36 uniformed officers that comprise the would have their , based on the

Prior to holding a public hearing – which generated no comments or questions – Council President Mark McCouch said that the new plan allows police to continue participating for up to three years after they are eligible to retire.

Besides changes to the police department’s pension, the arbitrators awarded retroactive pay increases of 3 percent for 2011 and 3.25 percent for 2012. In 2013 salary boosts of 3.5 percent would take effect and police would see a 3.75 percent hike in 2014. 

The police contract expired at the end of 2010. The township and the police union, unable to reach an agreement following 15 negotiation sessions over a roughly seven-month period, sought out arbitration in February 2011, according to Township Manager Bill Walker. A hearing was held in June 2011 and the panel rendered its binding decision in May. 

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