(a) A fire fighter or police officer who leaves the classified service for any reason
or the beneficiaries of a fire fighter or police officer who dies as a result of a
line of duty injury or illness are entitled to receive in a lump-sum payment the full
amount of the fire fighter's or police officer's accumulated sick leave as provided
by Subsections (b)-(e).
(b) A fire fighter or police officer hired before September 1, 1985, is entitled to
have sick leave accumulated without limit. Sick leave accumulated before September 1, 1985, is valued at the amount of the
fire fighter's or police officer's salary on August 31, 1985. Sick leave accumulated after September 1, 1985, is valued at the fire fighter's
or police officer's average salary in the fiscal year in which the sick leave was
(c) Each day or part of a day of sick leave used by a fire fighter or police officer
is charged to that person's earliest acquired unused accumulated day of sick leave,
in the same manner as is used in the “first in, first out” accounting principle.
(d) Each fire fighter or police officer hired before September 1, 1985, may select
coverage under the municipal ordinance governing sick leave benefits and policy for
the municipal employees who are not subject to this chapter. This option is a onetime only option that expires on December 31 of the year in
which this section takes effect in that municipality.
(e) The sick leave of a fire fighter or police officer who becomes a member of the
fire or police department on or after September 1, 1985, is covered by the municipal
ordinance governing sick leave benefits and policy for the municipal employees who
are not subject to this chapter.
(f) The municipality shall provide in its annual budget a sum reasonably calculated
to provide funding for sick leave benefits for the fiscal year covered by that budget.
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