Wilmington cuts $500k marked for firefighters

The Wilmington City Council has voted to cut more than $500,000 that had been budgeted for eight currently vacant firefighter positions.

Radio station WDEL-AM reports the council voted 8 to 5 Thursday to make the cut.

Mayor Dennis Williams’ administration and the union representing city firefighters had opposed the cut.

Fire Chief Anthony Goode has said the cuts will likely lead to a fire engine being shut down on a daily, rotating basis as overtime costs accrue.

The mayor’s chief of staff says the mayor is considering whether to veto the bill.

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