Budgeting dilemma


Fire, library funds could be over budget for 2022

By Dave Fidlin


Village of Waterford officials will look at shoring up spending overages in two municipal departments in the final weeks of 2022 as the books close on the current fiscal year.

At the Village Board’s regular monthly meeting Dec. 12, Village Administrator Zeke Jackson and other municipal staffers discussed year-to-date spending totals for some of the specific department funds — most notably, the Waterford Fire Department.

Payroll expenses, in particular, within the WFD have been running high in the waning weeks of the year, Jackson told board members, and he asked them for flexibility to bring both sides of the ledger in line with one another.

“Let’s see how this month ends up,” Jackson said of the department’s year-end financials.

During the discussion — which occurred during a routine treasurer’s report on the board agenda — Jackson and new Fire Chief Kevin Hafemann were asked if there was adequate staffing coverage within the department as expenses have gone under the microscope.

“You don’t have the depth of service you had six months ago,” Jackson said, in response.

But, he added, the department is operating under the structure of staffing for advance life support services on a basis of 365 days of the year, around the clock.

Previously implemented staffing-related cost reductions, he said, have been on the premise there are enough resources in place to handle one ALS call at any given time. But additional ones, simultaneously, could require outside assistance.

“Everything that we look at is a statistical model,” Jackson said.

To read the entire story see the Dec. 15 edition of the Waterford Post.


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