Tucson Fire Department Submits Plan to Help Balance City Budget

Tucson Fire Department (TFD) Chief Jim Critchley is offering a $4.7 million budget reduction plan to help the City of Tucson balance its budget for the next fiscal year and beyond.

In a recently-released memo to staff, Critchley's plan includes job reclassifications and possible demotions, reducing overtime, not filling some vacancies, converting some commissioned fire prevention inspectors to civilian positions, and other cost savings.

City Manager Michael Ortega asked all City departments for plans to cut costs to help trim a projected deficit of $25.6 million for the new fiscal year that begins July 1.

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