Watertown City Mayor Joe Butler Jr. took to a newspaper to continue the contract dispute with the fire department.
It's been a key campaign issue, one that might ultimately cost two incumbents their seats on City Council.
In an op-ed earlier this week, Butler reiterated his stance that the "current contract between the city and the union is outdated." Butler adding that contract stipulations like vaction time and certain built-in salaries combined with the union wanting features like night-shift "differential pay" added in are financially crippling the city.
He concluded the lengthy letter by emphasizing cuts in the department is needed now, otherwise the city "will endure decades of uncontrolled costs."