LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - The Kauai Fire Department is seeking a 22 percent increase in overtime funds for the upcoming fiscal year.
The Garden Island says the fire department spent more than $1.1 million in overtime expenses during the 2013 fiscal year. Department officials are now asking for $1.4 million in overtime expenses for the 2014 fiscal year that begins July 1.
Deputy Fire Chief John Blalock said at a county Cost Control Commission meeting Monday that some of the costs are required for the county to comply with collective-bargaining agreements.
Blalock says increasing overtime costs also may be attributed to a training program for specific employees. The program is designed to increase continuity when leave is taken by ranked personnel.
The fire department is proposing a total budget of $25.5 million.
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