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Williams firefighters to see slight bump in pay

The Williams City Council voted 5-0 at their Oct. 23 meeting to bump the 2021 operating budget for the Williams Fire District.

City officials said the Fire District asked the city and rural fire protection district for a total increase of $10,000 to allow for firefighters to receive a pay raise. An amount of $7,500 would come from the City of Williams; the Rural portion would be $2,500.

“This would increase the fire district’s allocation from the city’s general fund by $7,500,” said Finance Director Rex Greenbaun. “The previous budget that included 2020 and 2021 was a flat $391,695 for both years.”

Greenbaun said city officials, in previous discussions with the fire district, had discussed a possible increase in 2021 if financial conditions allowed.

“It was recommended that we provide a little bit additional so they could have a cost of living increase for some of the staff,” Greenbaun said.

City Councilman John Troughton Jr. said the increase was well deserved.

“The firemen need a lot of catching up,” Troughton said. “This won’t catch them up, but it will help them a little bit.”

While the Fire District budget has increased annually the past few years, city officials said the increase was largely due to additional operating costs, not necessarily salaries.

“This $7,500 is strictly for salaries,” said City Administrator Frank Kennedy. ♣

Susan Meeker
Susan Meeker
Susan Meeker is the Editor and Reporter for the Pioneer Review. She started her position with the Pioneer Review in January 2017 as the Advertising Manager. Susan specializes in local crime, government reporting. She also loves covering the various topics and events in our county. You can send her a message at susan@colusacountynews.net

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