With benefits costs on the rise, Rochester, N.H., City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick requested that city department heads budget for 0% increases next year. The city faces a 27% increase in retirement costs for police officers, 22% for city workers and 21% for members of the fire department, and could face up to 14% more in health insurance costs next year. The police chief said a budget with a 0% increase would force him to cut positions from the department.

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