Pay received by San Diego firefighters continues to be a central issue as Election Day nears.

10News is reporting that firefighters receive a 15 percent pay hike for taking desk jobs, costing the city more than $700,000 this year.

Proposition D, a sales tax and financial reform ballot measure, could restore cuts to city fire protection. But Prop. D opponents have turned their focus on extra pay for firefighters, saying the city should make cuts before asking for new taxes.

Firefighters began receiving this extra pay after contract negotiations in 2008, the television station reported. The extra pay was needed as an incentive for firefighters to take administrative jobs, Fire Chief Javier Mainar said in the report.

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