More cuts possible for Cincinnati Firefighters

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Budget and Finance Committee discussed the budget for the Cincinnati Fire Department on Monday.

Acting Cincinnati Fire Chief Mike Kroeger made a presentation to the committee, but didn't make any recommendations. He said the fire department has seen an 87 percent increase in spending over the past 10 years, with the majority being wage increases, but has only seen a five percent increase in staffing.

Steep budget cuts are being proposed for the city of Cincinnati, which could trigger massive layoffs among police, fire and sanitation workers. Firefighters are being told to cut $11 million out of the department's budget.

Union-Local President Marc Monahan says ninety or more people could be laid off by December. Over the last year and a half, the department has already cut about $5 million through retirements.

"Come January we will be shutting 17 companies a day out of our 40. Your going to have chaos in this city," said Monahan.

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