The Hawthorne City Council agreed Monday to consider at its March 14 meeting a municipal hiring freeze to conserve city funds and help finance a second paramedic unit in the Fire Department.
The council is seeking ways to increase the city's general fund and provide the estimated $300,000 a year it would cost to run the second unit. Voters in November rejected a tax that would have covered the cost of the unit.
In an earlier effort to improve the city's balance sheet, the council imposed fees for fire prevention services and inspections formerly provided free by the Fire Department. The fees will raise about $140,000 a year.