Jackson considers $1.67 million grant to hire 9 firefighters

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A southern Michigan city that has sharply reduced the number of firefighters over the past decade is trying to determine the financial ramifications if it accepts a $1.67 million grant to hire nine firefighters for two years.

Jackson public information officer Will Forgrave told our media partners at the Jackson Citizen Patriot the concern is pension costs. He says even though the firefighters could only be employed two years, they would still pay into the pension plan.

City Councilman Daniel Greer says officials don’t want to hamstring taxpayers with unanticipated costs.

The grant is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The city accepted a $1.9 million grant in 2012. It has since eliminated all the positions it created.

The city had nearly 40 firefighters in 2006. It now has 15.

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