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Philadelphia Latest City to Feel the Burn of Budget Woes

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Philadelphia has begun temporarily closing fire stations in order to deal with its ongoing budget woes. The rolling closures began yesterday morning with the closing of three fire stations. The city expects to save approximately $3.8 million a year in overtime costs with rolling brownouts or closures, CBS 3 in Philadelphia reported.

The city is only the latest to find it necessary to cut back essential services to deal with increasing budget strains. Clinton Township in Michigan will close its newest fire station at the end of August after city officials voted to layoff nearly 9% of the fire department in order to balance the budget.  In San Jose, CA, 50 firefighters may be laid off this week as negotiations between the city and the firefighters union have stalled.
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