City of Ada explains why police, fire left off city bonus schedule

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ADA, Okla. (KXII) -- UPDATE 12/7/17 @ 10 p.m.

"It could've gone a long way," Monica McDonald said.

Ada resident Monica McDonald says she knows the $400 Christmas bonus would've helped first-responders.

Due to ongoing contract negotiations between the city and the police and fire unions, they won't receive the bonus all other city employees are getting, according to city officials.

"It seems like every year, the contract is a big deal--it's a annual thing, nothing's perfect in this world but when you give it to one you need to give it to all," Resident Tessa Ray said.

In fact, first responders were dealing with these same contract negotiations last year, and they did receive a stipend.

But, assistant city manager Angie Dean says every year is different.

"It is important to understand that the stipends are not a budgeted item, they're based on the sales tax revenue and if there's money available," Dean said.

Dean now tells us, the stipend was a part of the negotiation process, since contracts haven't been signed officers and firefighters weren't eligible.

"That infuriated me, like these people put their lives on the line every day," McDonald said.

Dean says, claims that the city instructed officers not to speak to the media aren't true.

In the midst of all the drama, resident Tessa Ray is stepping up to help officers this holiday season, by setting up a Go Fund Me account for the men in blue.

"They protect and serve on a daily basis, so it's our time to come together and get them something," She said.

"It truly is we, and we are all working together to come to a good solution and contract that everyone can be happy with," Dean said.

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Some Ada residents say they're upset with city council after police and fire department employees were left out of a holiday bonus.

The city approved a $400 Christmas bonus for all city employees except for police and firefighters.

Assistant city manager Angie Dean says she understand how it could seem seem unfair, but she says it isn't black and white.

Dean says general employees and police and firefighters are on different pay scales.

Dean added that the city has been negotiating a new contract with the the departments since July.

"It's important that the public understand whatever is determined and whatever is agreed to within that contract -- if there is a pay raise that is agreed to, it's retroactive -- it goes back to July 1," Dean said.

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