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.


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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or