Fire Department overtime costs up despite brownouts

    Despite the rolling brownouts implemented to cut costs in the Philadelphia Fire Department, the department has reported $10.5 million in overtime payments for the first half of Fisca Year 2011, City Controller Alan Butkovitz found. That number was $8.9 million this time last year.
    While the overall cost of overtime payments from the city is down 5 percent, the Fire Department could spend $3.2 million more than last year in overtime costs if this trend continues.

    The overtime spending report was a key piece in Butkovitz’s monthly economic forecast.

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