Preventing Brownouts

Cincinnati's law and public safety committee met today to discuss solutions to the Fire Department's ever present overtime costs. This year the department is depleting that portion of their budget at a record rate...but don't say brownouts as a remedy.

The department suggested moving positions around and the union suggested creating revenue by usuage fees. Increasing the cost billed for ambulance runs, and billing for parking in front of a fire hydrant and getting your boat towed on the Ohio.

The Law and Public Safety committee will consider the proposals and make a recommendation to the full council for consideration.