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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Columbus officials plan to add $75,000 to the fire department’s overtime budget and have changed policies to cover shifts lost to ill or injured firefighters.
Jeff Logston, the city’s director of finance and administration, said the department’s 94 firefighters used 420 sick days in the first six months of this year.
Covering for those lost days have depleted the department’s overtime pay funds, which were budgeted at $306,000 for the year. Only about $20,000 remains, he said.
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