– Saratoga Springs incurred approximately $37,000 in overtime expenses for its fire and police departments during a race weekend and concerts, with the city having to cover the bill.
– The fire department had 136 hours of overtime at the track, costing $8,160, while the police department accumulated 175 hours of overtime, amounting to $9,944.
Saratoga Springs, known for its picturesque race course and lively concerts, certainly knows how to throw a party. But, like a college student after a kegger, it’s waking up to a hefty bill. The city recently chalked up around $37,000 in overtime wages for its fire and police departments during the Travers weekend. But hey, if you’re going to host nearly 50,000 horse racing aficionados and two sold-out Phish concerts, you better be prepared to pay a little overtime, right?
Now, let’s talk numbers. The fire department punched in 136 hours of overtime at the track, to the tune of $8,160. Luckily for the city, this was reimbursed through a contract with the New York Racing Association. The police department, on the other hand, racked up 175 hours in overtime, costing a smooth $9,944. Here’s the kicker: the city has to foot the bill.
The situation over at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center was a little more, shall we say, “cost-efficient”. The fire department had 88.5 hours of overtime, costing $5,310. However, the contract with SPAC picked up the tab on $4,260 of that. And let’s not forget the police on Caroline Street – those overtime hours amounted to $3,520. So, while the city partied, the overtime meter kept ticking.
But let’s not overlook the unsung heroes of this overtime bonanza. Code Enforcement, nestled under the warm bureaucratic wing of the fire department, also bagged a cool 48 hours of overtime, setting the city back around $2,880. Their duties? Checking if the local watering holes were fitting in one too many patrons or cranking up the volume a tad too high. The things we do for peace, quiet, and fire safety, right?
Public Safety Commissioner James Montagnino reassures us that this isn’t a surprise party for the city’s budget. Rather, it’s more like an expected guest. “This is something that is pretty much baked into the budget”, he says. Well, that’s comforting. As long as there’s a line item in the budget for “party-induced overtime”, I suppose we’re all good.
To sum it up, hosting a good time isn’t cheap, and it seems like Saratoga Springs is learning that the hard way. But as the saying goes, “no pain, no gain”. Here’s hoping the city finds a way to balance its municipal budget without sacrificing the good times. After all, nobody likes a party pooper, especially not when it’s city hall.
So here’s to Saratoga Springs: a city that knows how to throw a party, and the overtime sheet to prove it. Just remember, folks, next time you see a double rainbow at the racecourse or get down at a Phish concert, someone’s clocking in the extra hours to make that happen. It’s all part of the cost of a good time in Saratoga Springs.