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Firefighter hiring proposals could save city thousands

May 16, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

During budget talks Tuesday, the Hagerstown mayor and a city councilman submitted what they said were proposals to save the city thousands of dollars.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said that by hiring nine firefighters over a two-year period instead of all at once in February 2008, the city could save roughly $450,000. That figure also requires waiting to hire two police officers, he said.

Councilman Martin Brubaker suggested, in part, hiring nine firefighters over a three-year period and reducing the number of short-term capital improvement projects funded by current general revenues.

Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh and Councilman Lewis C. Metzner have argued that the firefighters are needed immediately to address the lack of manpower in the Hagerstown Fire Department.

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Hagerstown's proposed $157.2 million budget for fiscal year 2007-08 must be adopted by June 1 to comply with the city charter.

The fiscal year runs from July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2008.

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