The majority of the Operating budget increase is payroll related, in many cases driven by unnecessarily generous wage increases, including several salary increases which were in the 5% to 10% range. It can be characterized as “Death by 1000 cuts” as approximately $700,000 in increases is spread across 75 wage and benefit line items with a median line item increase of 4.3%. Six overtime lines across several departments increased collectively by $110,000. This is particularly disturbing given that actual spending on overtime had already increased from $1.2 million in 2013 to $1.5 million in 2015. Overtime is a significant factor driving up pension benefits. Is it really necessary to increase overtime by 35% or 40% over a 4-year period?