Overtime expenses don't hurt Charleston budget much

New numbers show the city of Charleston spent more than $4 million in overtime for the 2012 fiscal year that ended June 30. or about ten percent over budget. Most of that went to the police and fire departments. Fire calls and police investigations are hard to predict, so overtime costs can be a variable when setting the budget. Even with the overtime, payroll costs came in less than budgeted for the fiscal year that just ended.