SAN RAMON -- The city's 50 ¿police officers, corporals and sergeants will increase their pension contributions this year and regain a merit pay system in return.

The San Ramon City Council last week approved a one-year agreement with the San Ramon Police Officer's Association that's not unlike the contracts approved earlier this year by all other city employee groups.

According to the agreement that expires June 30, 2014, police will contribute 2 percent more of their salary to their pension, for a total of 3 percent. Police can expect to contribute another 6 percent sometime before 2018 in increments to be determined in future negotiations.

Police will welcome back a merit pay system suspended three years ago, but it will be on a smaller scale ranging from 0 to 5 percent salary increases instead of 0 to 7 percent.

The contract is the first negotiated by the union. Before 2007, the city contracted with the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office for public safety services. The city created its own department in 2007. A five-year agreement entered that year by the police chief and city manager covered police officers, corporals and sergeants. The group sought to become a bargaining unit this year and the union was certified to bargain in February. Negotiations began in April.

Ashly McGlone covers San Ramon. Contact her at 510-293-2463. Follow her at Twitter.com/AshlyReports.