CREATED Apr. 23, 2013
Omaha, NE- Omaha's Fire Chief Mike McDonnell met with the City Council Public Safety Committee on Tuesday. He's urging the council to take action on the Fire Department's $8 Million Shortfall.
McDonnell tells Action 3 News based on what happened at Tuesday's meeting, he does not know what action the city council will take. But hopes they can come together on the issue.
In September 2012, the city council approved a nearly $71 million budget for the fire department. Three months later, a contract was approved between the city and the Firefighters Union. That contract went into effect this January, then in February; the council gave them an additional $11.8 million.
According to the fire chief, the money still isn't enough; they can't meet payroll obligations that will go into effect October 12th.
"I don't know what their decision is going to be, but I know we have to continue to try and work together to solve the problem. When you set a budget in September 2012 of $70.5 million and you agree to certain things in a collective bargaining agreement that add up to $20.4 million, we have to find that money somewhere," says Fire Chief Mike McDonnell.
Chief McDonnell says right now there's not much he can do. He'll just wait for the council to discuss the plan.