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Should vacation time and sick time be counted as working hours when it comes to overtime pay for some City of Benton employees? That was the question discussed among the Benton City Council on Monday, and the members ended up in a split decision.

Mayor Rita Dotson told the council Jason Hoover, who is in charge of the maintenance department, thinks the issue of vacation time and sick time not being counted as working hours is causing some employees to not take after hours calls to come to work to repair things such as water main and gas main breaks.