COLUMBUS, Ind. — Visits by Vice President Mike Pence to his hometown of Columbus have prompted the city to increase its overtime budgets for the police and fire departments by a combined $70,000.
The Columbus City Council gave initial approval Tuesday in a 6-0 vote, with Councilwoman Elaine Wagner absent, to hike the city’s overtime budgets by $70,000 from the $390,388 initially approved for 2017, an 18 percent increase.
About half of the $70,000 is tied directly to three visits to the city this year by the Columbus native, Mayor Jim Lienhoop said.
The proposal calls for an additional $40,000 for fire department overtime and $30,000 for police department overtime.
Read more in Thursday’s print edition of The Republic.