Benefits

Retirement

  • Texas Municipal Retirement System
  • Employee contribution rate: 7% of salary
  • City matches employee’s contributions at a 2:1 ratio
  • Employees are fully vested after five years of employment
  • Employees are eligible to retire at any age with 20 years of credited service
  • Deferred compensation programs are available if employees choose to participate

Health Insurance

  • BlueCross BlueShield of Texas High Deductible Health Plan with HSA
  • Effective the first of the month following 2 full months of employment
  • City pays employee’s health coverage and 1/2 of dependent coverage
  • Optional dependent coverage is available to employees for $166.35 per pay period ($332.70/month)
  • $5,000 deductible, after deductible insurance pays 100%
  • City contributes $100/month to HSA ($1,200 annually)
  • Employee can contribute to the individual or family HSA maximum ($3,500 ind/$7,100 fam)

Life Insurance

  • City carries $15,000 life insurance on employee
  • Voluntary life available on Employee guaranteed to $100,000 and Spouse guaranteed to $20,000
  • Dependent life for child ages 6 months to 18 years (23 yrs if full time student) $2.00/month for $10,000

Dental Insurance

  • Cigna
  • Effective the first of the month following 2 full months of employment
  • City pays employee’s dental coverage
  • Optional dependent dental is available to employees for $34.98 pay period ($69.95/month)
  • Dentist of your choice
  • (2) cleanings/x-rays per year paid at 100% under preventive with no deductible
  • $50 annual deductible
  • After deductible, insurance pays 80% of most charges (50% crowns & dentures)
  • Orthodontics benefit $1,000 lifetime/per person

Longevity pay

  • All Full-time employees receive $48.00 per year longevity pay. Longevity pay shall commence upon completion of one (1) year of service to the City not to exceed twenty-five (25) years.

Holidays

Twelve paid holidays per year as follows:

  • New Years Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Day (Third Monday in January)
  • President’s Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (First Monday in September)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in November)
  • Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve (December 24)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • Holidays for firefighters that work twenty-four (24) hours shifts are included in vacation time.

Vacation

  • 10 days though 5 years
  • 12 days 6 through 10 years
  • 15 days 11 through 20 years
  • 20 days after twenty-one years
  • Employees may carry forward 240 hours with less than 10 years of service and 320 hours with over 10 years.  Accrues bi-weekly and cannot be taken during the first thirty days of employment.

Fire Department personnel working a 24-hour shift:

  • 264 hours/11 shifts after one year of employment
  • 288 hours/12 shifts after six years of employment
  • 324 hours/13.5 shifts after eleven years of employment
  • 384 hours/16 shifts after twenty-one years of employment
  • Fire personnel may carry forward up to 360 hours of vacation on their anniversary date with less than 10 years of service or 480 hours with more than 10 years of service

Sick Leave

  • Shall not be granted to an employee during the first month of employment
  • Employees earn 12 days per year
  • If unused, sick leave may carry forward each year on the employee’s anniversary date up to a maximum of 90 days
  • Sick leave is for employee’s personal illness Fire Department personnel accrue sick leave on a basis of 144 hours for each full year of employment
  • If unused, sick leave may carry forward each year on the employee’s anniversary date up to a maximum of 1,080 hours/45 shifts

Bereavement Leave

  • Shall not be granted to an employee during the first month of employment
  • Six (6) days per year (does not carry forward if unused)
  • Fire department personnel on a 24 hour shift receive 72 hours per year (does not carry forward if unused)
  • For death in immediate family