ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman says she will propose legislation to hire 100 firefighters — a move that will cost $3 million.

Neuman announced the proposal Wednesday, a day after an arbitrator ruled that county firefighters can keep their one-day-on, three-day-off schedule.

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Neuman said the county pays a lot of overtime to provide adequate staffing for all shifts.

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Republican County Council Chairman Jerry Walker tells The Capital of Annapolis that while he understands the need to increase staffing, he wants to be sure the hirings are justified.

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