Overtime costs rising for city of Watertown Fire Department

WATERTOWN, N.Y. - The city of Watertown Fire Department has eaten through about two-thirds of its overtime budget, with six months still left in the fiscal year.

That's according to the Watertown Daily Times, which reports that the city has spent over $319,000 on OT already, with the total expected to be somewhere north of $600,000 by the end of June.

City Manager Sharon Addison told the Times that about 30 percent of overtime costs are linked to shortages caused by firefighters using sick time.

Under current rules, the department must have 15 members on duty at all times.

Chief Dale Herman said he hopes to get two firefighters who have been out injured back to work soon.


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