Deschutes County commissioners on Wednesday approved a new three-year contract for the Deschutes County Sheriff Employees Association.
The contract will feature annual cost-of-living wage increases ranging from 1.5 percent to 3.5 percent, depending on the national average. It also requires the employees to pay a percentage of the actual cost of their health insurance, rather than a flat rate. Employees will now pay 7.5 percent, up to $140 per month; that amount will increase annually by 1 percent and $15 a month in the second and third years of the contract.
The contract will begin July 1 and run through June 30, 2016.