Medford City Council members reluctantly agreed Thursday to pay $920,000 to former employees and retirees who left with accrued vacation time and banked overtime hours.
Council members said the practice is not sustainable, but they were bound by employee contract agreements.
The Mail Tribune reports $400,000 goes to firefighters and $330,000 to police officers.
When an employee retires, the city is required to pay for unused vacation days. Employees also have the option to save up to 400 overtime hours.