HONOLULU (AP) - A pay differential for Honolulu police is adding $43 million to the price of a contract.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that the unanticipated expense will cost Oahu taxpayers about 36 percent more than anticipated.
Hawaii's police officers are getting a 16.8 percent raise over four years after binding arbitration.
HPD officers have been getting $1 per hour for what's known as a standard of conduct differential. That differential will increase about $1 every year for four years.
Officers who must carry a firearm 24 hours a day will get a new firearm maintenance annual allowance of $500.
The total contract package comes to about $200 million.
HPD recruits now earn about $51,000 per year. The new agreement will increase the base salary for recruits to nearly $60,000 by 2017.