BOSTON (CBS) – Boston City Councilors have approved an arbitrator-awarded 25-percent pay hike for the city’s police officers.

The increase includes money for benefits and bonuses.

Councilors approved the measure twelve-to-zero, saying police officers should be compensated for the risks they take to keep us safe.

Mayor-elect Marty Walsh did not vote on the pay raise. Walsh had said during the mayoral campaign that he opposed the pay increase.

The increase will cost taxpayers $87 million dollars over the next six years.

The city had offered a 19-percent pay increase, while the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association asked for 31-percent.



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