- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Some of the projected $1.7 million in savings from closing two of the state’s 911 call centers are being eaten up by displaced workers traveling across the state to staff the remaining two.

An agreement between the administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin and the Vermont State Employees’ Association says the state will pay overtime and mileage for workers to travel from their old work station or their home to the two remaining public safety answering points, whichever is shorter.

Administration Secretary Justin Johnson says transition costs may offset some of the projected savings from closing the Derby and Rutland call-taking stations in the current fiscal year. But he says the longer-term savings will be significant.

The call-taking stations closed last week as the result of a budget cut.

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