Barre ratifies new police contract

BARRE, Vt. (AP) Officials in Barre have ratified a new contract with the city police department's unionized members.

The new contract reflects a massive change to the police officers' salary schedule and requires that they pay a portion of health insurance premiums. The Times Argus reports the contract was unanimously ratified by city councilors Tuesday night and replaces a stop-gap one-year agreement reached 11 months ago.

City Manager Steve Mackenzie announced a tentative settlement three months ago, and the final version of the labor agreement was presented to the council for ratification Tuesday night.

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