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Auburn Fire Department seeks funding increase for firefighter raises in 2024-25 budget

The Auburn Fire Department is requesting an $8.2 million budget for the 2024-25 fiscal year, aiming for a 4.3% increase primarily to accommodate firefighter pay raises.

Fire Chief Mark Fritz outlined the budget needs at a city council meeting, highlighting the growth from the previous $7.9 million budget, with the rise mainly attributed to salary adjustments.


This budget proposal includes a 3% raise for firefighters, aligning with contractual commitments. Additionally, the department plans to reduce overtime costs while slightly increasing operating expenses, including vehicle maintenance.

Fritz emphasized the necessity of beginning to replace aging fire vehicles and noted the department’s effective use of federal grants to support equipment purchases. The city of Auburn is in the process of finalizing its budget under new leadership, offering a transparent look at departmental spending and needs.