City overtime to hit $1 million by year’s end

Overtime for the city of Barberton through Oct. 23 is at $848,302.

The two biggest departments, Police and Fire, account for $574,000 (68% of city total).

At this pace, the total will pass $1 million by the end of December.

The Police Department has total overtime this year of $159,000 (19% of city total), down $32,000 from the same period in 2018. 

The Fire Department overtime is at $415,000 (49% of city total), up more than $62,000 from the same period in 2018. 

Mayor William Judge stated, “We actually need more employees in the city, but due to budget constraints with the loss of B&W, we cannot hire them at this point. Specifically we are down employees in the Police, Fire and Parks Maintenance departments and really across the board.” 

The mayor also stated that there are many variables that will determine when these needed employees will be able to be hired, one of those being contract negotiations with Police and Fire.

11 Comments

  1. Stevie facts on November 4, 2019 at 6:44 am

    Well teachers, police officers, and firefighters when they take time off that you listed that everyone in the work force gets the job still continues. And I have read all of the union contracts and nothing is crazy they are still operating with concession they took 10 yrs ago. When you short staff the departments ot is required to keep them safe and the citizens safe. When a teacher gets sick the kids still need to learn, when a paramedics / police officers gets sick citizens still need them, so I would say it’s a little different. When you have an office job, the work can be distributed out.

  2. OG on November 3, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Chased the silver league out of Barberton. Can’t wait to see the softball fields grow into a hay field. I weeds look really nice in the infields.

  3. Frankie Facts on November 2, 2019 at 5:49 am

    Numbers and statistics are a beautiful thing but it comes down to one important question. It is not the amount of overtime money being spent but what is the overtime needed for? I will bet that if someone did some extensive research you will find that 50% of this overtime figure is to cover PTO time. So you are paying full-time employees to sit at home while taking PTO so the overtime is needed to fulfill shift obligations. The amount of paid time off these union workers accumulate in one year is staggering. Someone has to hold these unions feet to the fire and eliminate the excessive PTO. Until you do that your city coffers will be empty

    • Steve facts on November 3, 2019 at 7:43 am

      I do believe they are salary so therefor any time off is payed so what is your point? Do you think firefighters should get vacations? They already work 48 hr work weeks which is more then most. The city has to held accountable for not replacing the members lost which will prevent the high overtime numbers.

      • Frankie Facts on November 4, 2019 at 5:19 am

        You should be aware that these type of union workers get multiple types of paid time off. That includes vacation time, personal time and sick time. Your average Joe gets two or three weeks a year if blessed and that is to cover everything. Hiring new union workers is not always the best solution. When you have a new hire not only are you paying salary cost, but you have to pay Cadillac Healthcare benefits and an enormous pension amount all per employee. Do some research and check the numbers. A tenured Barberton school teacher will retire with a pension amount of over $1000000. That money has to come out of the school budget each year. Wonder why the school district needs more tax dollars every two or three years?

        • Steve facts on November 4, 2019 at 6:43 am

          Well teachers, police officers, and firefighters when they take time off that you listed that everyone in the work force gets the job still continues. And I have read all of the union contracts and nothing is crazy they are still operating with concession they took 10 yrs ago. When you short staff the departments ot is required to keep them safe and the citizens safe. When a teacher gets sick the kids still need to learn, when a paramedics / police officers gets sick citizens still need them, so I would say it’s a little different. When you have an office job, the work can be distributed out.

  4. Christy Gosen on November 1, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Would be cheaper to hire more employees than to payout the overtime? If we have a million dollars to payout in overtime then we have the money to hire more people. I think it’s more the union workers dont want to give up the overtime pay so they work themselves to death and then blame the city that they are under staffed.

    • Craig facts on November 3, 2019 at 7:47 am

      You do realize the city has 100% of the control of staffing. They can hire and lay off unless you thing the union layed off their own members in February?

  5. A. Non E. Moose on November 1, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Those who blame the Mayor for all the budget problems should now focus on the true cost of running a revenue strapped city. These departments are draining the budget, not just here, but many industrial towns. So the next time there’s a dispute, why not try spreading the costs to ALL departments and NOT blame the Mayor for doing what needs to be done? Of course, that won’t happen.

  6. Coach on November 1, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Lol!

    • step 1 on November 1, 2019 at 12:22 pm

      get out your blamethrower and scorch the earth!!!

Leave a Comment