Report: Cincinnati sewer OT goes over $2 million

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- A newspaper reports that the sewer department in Cincinnati has gone over $2 million in overtime for the third straight year.

The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1iiKDNT ) says overtime pay for the Metropolitan Sewer District falls below the accepted standard of less than 10 percent of the total payroll. The agency runs Hamilton County's sewer and waste water system for the city.

Director Tony Parrott said overtime is part of the staffing strategy because there needs to be bodies on hand to respond rapidly to flooding complaints.

The Enquirer analysis found that the agency accrued $2.3 million in overtime for 2013 through the end of November. The analysis shows that since 2009, overtime pay has totaled $9.3 million.

It raises questions as county commissioners raise rates to comply with federal mandates.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com