As a civilian city employee, it behooves me to point out a few things.
Employees paid for by the city's general fund must take mandatory furlough hours. I haven't received my full annual salary in years. And our modest raises have been canceled out by higher healthcare contributions.
Finally, police and fire personnel get the largest raises, best benefits and are exempt from furloughs. Rest assured that many civilian employees consider this unfair and inappropriate in light of the city's dire financial situation.