"That whole department is running on fumes just like the city. We talked about a lot of consolidation in the area, we have an opportunity to possibly do it here. We have mechanics in the Fire Department, Police and DPW. They're talking about auto purchases, that may be something on the chopping block because would you rather have a car or 3 bodies patrolling?" says Joe Marino, Councilman & Finance Committee member.
As far as the stipends are concerned, the Mayor says the city has filed a grievance to get the stipends removed. But if the city loses, they will have to reinstate it back into the budget.