continued A retiring employee in the Highway Department also caused the town to exceed its budgeted overtime line there by almost $37,000.
Koetzle stressed there are “no abuses” of overtime by town employees.
“Our department heads do a very good job of managing that,” he said. “We try to control it the best we can and we try to deliver the best services that we can, as well.”
Koetzle said the budgeted amount of overtime for the Police Department in 2013 is an “achievable amount,” despite it remaining largely unchanged from last year’s budgeted amount of $195,000.
Deputy Supervisor Alan Boulant said increasing economic development, chief among the administration’s goals, isn’t likely to reduce overtime costs as more businesses open.
“I get a little frustrated when we pound them for the chief not being able to explain the overtime,” Boulant said. “For the amount of money we pay in overtime, it is a minuscule thing.”