Oswego fire department

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Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow is fighting with the city's fire department. He recently issued an executive order directing the department to stop its in-house practice of giving more overtime shifts to senior members, which he said costs the city far more than if it was distributed evenly.

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Although Oswego's residents are facing a nearly 82 percent increase in their property taxes, the city's lawmakers say there isn't much fat left to cut from the proposed budget. They say the changing economic atmosphere in the city is weighing heavily on this year's budget.

Oswego lawmakers eliminate 4 firefighter positions

Jun 11, 2013

Oswego will eliminate four vacant firefighter positions following a vote by the Common Council to abolish the positions in order to save money and balance the budget, councilors say.

Some budget cuts approved for Oswego Fire Department

Nov 28, 2012

The Oswego City Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve Mayor Thomas Gillen’s proposed budget. That will mean a property tax rate hike of about 11 percent.

There's a public hearing Monday night for the proposed Oswego city budget, which includes cuts to various programs to deal with a budget shortfall. One of the loudest voices against the cuts has been the Oswego Fire Department. If the budget is passed, the Fire Department could see their ambulance corps reduced, fewer firefighters assigned for each shift, and one fire station closed.