The firefighters who gathered at the corner of routes 29 and 198 are part of countywide employee union which is at odds with the county executive over his decision on how they fit into his proposed 2012 budget.
Brock Cline, a spokesperson for the firefighters' union, says earlier in 2011 they were forced to go to collective bargaining in order to insure flat funding for the firefighters in 2012. The arbitrator agreed and made that recommendation to Leggett.
Cline says Leggett violated collective bargaining laws when he instead decided to propose out-of-pocket hikes in health and pension benefits.
Patrick Lacefield, spokesperson for the county, says Leggett's responsibility is to submit a responsible and balanced budget in spite of the recommendations of the arbitrator. That matter is currently being considered in court.