Just when I thought things couldn't get worse for the Suffolk County budget, I read that the Suffolk County Correction Officers Association has negotiated a contract that give members a 14.5 percent raise over eight years and a "no layoff" clause ["Correction officers give OK to new pact," News, June 4].

The contract also raises the top step pay of officers from $77,000 to more than $93,000. A majority of correction officers, 707, are at that top step. The contract is expected to cost $55 million.

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But wait, correction officers are some of the biggest overtime earners in Suffolk County. When you factor in anticipated overtime for the next eight years, the real cost of this contract could be much more.

Suffolk County continues to produce multimillion-dollar structural deficits each year. The county is just kicking the can down the road.

Jerry Bilinski, Riverhead

Editor's note: The writer is a retired case manager based at the jail mental health unit.