Should city hire more firefighters?
Though Janesville’s fire department has added a fifth fire station and two paramedic ambulances since 1980, firefighting personnel still stands at 94, the same number as back then.
The city has tried to budget conservatively in recent years as revenues dwindled amid the recession and state-imposed property tax caps. This year, however, overtime costs are expected to push past $450,000. That’s far above the estimated cost of $195,000 in wages and benefits if the city hired three more firefighters.
What’s behind all the overtime hours, and would it make sense for the city to hire more firefighters? We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Sunday.