MORTON — Overtime and compensatory time police wages for the 2019 Morton Pumpkin Festival were 3.5 percent higher than the 2018 festival.
In his annual report to the Village Board, Morton Police Chief Craig Hilliard said additional wages were $9,746.97 for 2019 compared to $9,712.08 for 2018, a $34.89 increase.
Hilliard’s report is broken down into overtime and comp time hours for full-time officers and overtime hours for auxiliary officers.
For the first time, this year’s report lists reimbursement to the Morton Police Department from Morton American Legion Post 318 for security services.
For 2019, the reimbursement was $1,601.95, which brought down the total wages cost of $11,348.92.
The post is adjacent to the festival grounds and hosts a beer tent during the festival.
“We provide three officers for the post on the Friday and Saturday nights of the festival,” Hilliard said. “The officers are paid through our regular payroll process and the post is sent an invoice for the wages.”
This is the same setup Morton police have with Morton High School for security at sports events, Hilliard said.
Here are the festival overtime and comp time police wages going back to 2009 after the American Legion post’s reimbursement:
2017 — $10,474.15
2016 — $8,711.96
2015 — $9,465.96
2014 — $7,888.26
2013 — $7,539.92
2012 — $7,747.96
2011 — $7,489.60
2010 — $6,174.38
2009 — $5,985.00
The hourly pay rate for auxiliary officers increased from $12 to $13.25 in 2011.
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