- Associated Press - Thursday, April 28, 2016

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington City Council members are frustrated that the Wilmington police and fire departments’ overtime costs are more than $800,000 over budget with three months left to go in the fiscal year.

The News Journal of Wilmington (https://delonline.us/1pJGRDa ) reports that Police Chief Bobby Cummings told City Council members at their final budget hearing Wednesday that a new payroll system will allow his department to better monitor its overtime pay in the next fiscal year, which begins on July 1.

City police have spent $2.2 million since this fiscal year on overtime costs, $221,000 over budget. Fire overtime is $601,000 over budget with $851,000 spent on extra shifts.

Councilman Bud Freel says he hopes the new system will be able to fix the overtime problem, which he says should have been solved long ago.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., https://www.delawareonline.com

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