HILO, Hawaii (AP) Pay increases for Big Island police officers are expected to increase Hawaii County expenses by $3 million this year.
A spokesman for Mayor Billy Kenoi says arbitration closed after completion of the current year's budget process and the money for raises will have to be paid from the current budget.
Executive assistant Kevin Dayton tells the Hawaii Tribune-Herald that the $3 million will cover salaries, wages and fringe benefits.
A contract for 2,800 police officers in four Hawaii counties expired in June 2011.
The State of Hawaii Police Officers Union through binding arbitration won a 16.8 percent pay increase over four years.
Hawaii County human resource director Ron Takahashi says the police raise in the county affects 471 union employees and 20 other employees.