MORAGA -- Moraga-Orinda Fire District Chief Stephen Healy will ask the board of directors Wednesday for a temporary 9.5 percent pay cut to his base salary.

According to a district report, Healy is requesting the salary reduction in response to a projected district general fund deficit in fiscal year 2014-15. The district estimated a $523,227 deficit if it does not act to reduce costs.

At a meeting Feb. 5, governing board members approved reducing district costs by June 30. If Healy's pay is reduced, the chief's base salary will be $199,100 beginning July 1 and lasting until June 30, 2015. The board greenlighted Healy's five-year contract in November; the approval allows officials to negotiate the chief's salary if they decide to implement across-the-board pay cuts.

The 9.5 percent reduction is the same proposed by the district for union firefighters in a "last, best and final proposal" made during contract negotiations that have since deadlocked.

Representatives of United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County, Local 1230, have said the district proposed a 7.5 percent across-the-board base salary cut effective July 1. That contract included no salary range changes in fiscal year 2015-16 and would expire June 30, 2016.

A second offer included across-the-board pay cuts of 9.5 percent for a short-term contract through June 30, 2015. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Moraga library community room, 1500 St. Marys Road.



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