Palm Beach Post: Problems found in Martin’s first-ever fire-rescue audit can, will be fixed

Sally Swartz of The Palm Beach Post

From The Palm Beach Post’s award-winning blogger, Sally Swartz: Martin County firefighters and paramedics soon will have to repay a small portion of the more than $200,000 their staff overpaid them in salaries over the last several years — ranging from under $1 to more than $5,000 a year.

While officials try to sort out the payroll mess, residents are annoyed that the  Martin County Professional Firefighters & Paramedics, the group’s union, has sent out a letter asking for money.

Soliciting residents for more money for any reason — when fire department employees already are the highest paid in the county — seems misguided.  With high salaries and overtime, more than 60 firefighters earn more than $100,000 a year.

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