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Kansas City Fire Department overtime costs climb

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The Kansas City Fire Department has already blown through the money budgeted for overtime pay this year, and it’s something that’s been happening for the last several years. (KCTV5) The Kansas City Fire Department has already blown through the money budgeted for overtime pay this year, and it’s something that’s been happening for the last several years. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Kansas City is spending millions of dollars on overtime for the city's firefighters. Now, the city is looking for ways to reduce that amount.  

The Kansas City Fire Department has already blown through the money budgeted for overtime pay this year, and it’s something that’s been happening for the last several years.

During a finance committee meeting Wednesday, the topic of what to do now came up again.

It was the second meeting about how the department and budget office should proceed so this doesn’t happen again.

This year, they had $9.5 million for overtime but have already used $11 million.

Mayor Pro Tem Scott Wagner says there is a clearly marked moment in time.

“I think the point of issue is when the Kansas City Fire Department and ambulance combine. When we tied in Mast Ambulance Services, that’s when things became less predictive,” he said.

These series of meetings and audits of the department are supposed to help create some predictability so the city and the department can plan for the budget next year. But right now, the $2 million has to come from somewhere because the city cannot operate in a deficit.

Wagner says no one will lose their job, but the number of people the city wants to hire will be cut.

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