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Listed below you will find information regarding the upcoming election on November 7th, 2017.  The Proposition (Proposition A) that is on the ballot asks residents to decide the following:

Shall the City of Richland Hills require by ordinance that all police officers and firefighters be paid no less than the average of all salary and benefits paid to equivalent positions in the Cities of Fort Worth, North Richland Hills, Hurst and Haltom City?

Some frequently asked questions about the proposition include:

What does a vote "against" the measure mean?

The City will continue to determine pay for public safety employees on a yearly basis based on available funding and benchmark cities.

 What does a vote "for" the measure mean?

The City will pay our police and fire personnel the equivalent of the average pay of the cities of Fort Worth, North Richland Hills, Hurst and Haltom City.

How much will it cost if the measure is approved?

It will cost a minimum of an additional $850,000 per year.  Future costs are unknown because the future pay will depend on the pay structure of the other four cities.  We will calculate their average pay every year and be required to change our pay based on their averages.

 Why haven't we kept up with the pay of the other cities included in the petition?

Richland Hills has regularly benchmarked against cities in the metrolplex that are of similar population, budget size, and number of employees.  We have not historically used cities that are larger than us and or geographic neighbors to determine pay.

How does Richland Hills compare to the cities you have historically benchmarked against?

Of the eight positions surveyed, Richland Hills was above the average for six of the positions.

Have we given pay increases to police and fire personnel?

Over the past five years, we have increased police and fire pay by approximately 20%.

How can I get more information on this election?

There will be two meetings regarding this issue.  They will be held at the following times and locations:

Tuesday, October 17th at the Link from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Monday, October 23rd at City Hall at 6:00 p.m.

Further information can be found at the links below:

Brochure with Information regarding election

Memo outlining options for paying for the measure if approved

Spreadsheet showing pay comparisons to other cities

Petition and Ordinance submitted by residents

Slideshow of information summarized