Stop spending; that was the message at Monday night’s Quincy Finance Committee meeting.
Committee members say spending is up within the city, specifically fire, police and 9-1-1 overtime costs.
Finance Committee Chairman Mike Farha says the fire department has already spent 90 percent of its overtime budget.
Farha says as it stands now, the city has a $1.3 million budget shortfall this fiscal year. That means other projects, like upgrading city hall, may have to be pushed back. Farha says that’s not good news for city employees.
“This building is not totally sound, it never has been,” said Farha. “There are a lot of issues with the building. The deck out here and the annex, it’s a continuous source of problem.”
Farha says the city is in better financial shape this year than last year but encourages residents to shop local this holiday season to put more money back into the city.