Published: Jul 24, 2010 3:11 AM EDT
Updated: Jul 24, 2010 12:06 AM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Councilman Marty McClain said when it comes to fire cuts, he is treading carefully.

Cape resident Margery Mather does not approve of what she calls wasteful spending. She believes overtime should be the first to go.

McClain is concerned the extreme cuts to the fire budget may cause local citizen's insurance rates to rise. Currently, the cost of insurance is based on how much fire equipment is available within a set area. That alone is not enough to keep rates down.

During the upcoming budget session, McClain's goal is to keep firefighters in their jobs and insurance money in the people's wallet.

As of now, insurance premiums are not be affected by fire staffing levels, but it is a concern.