The Kentucky Supreme Court has turned down Metro Government’s appeal of a years-long case involving underpaid firefighters.

Last year, the city reached a $45 million dollar settlement with about 800 firefighters who were underpaid due to miscalculated overtime. A group of 140 retired firefighters broke off from that group and did not agree to the settlement. They’re seeking some $17 million dollars from the city. The state Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the firefighters, but the city appealed.

LEO says a settlement in this case could be one of the first issues Mayor-elect Greg Fischer takes on in office.

It is likely that the city and the smaller group of retirees will enter into negotiations next year, after Mayor-elect Greg Fischer — who was endorsed by the firefighters union as a “fresh start” — takes office.

The prospect of paying another hefty multi-million dollar settlement, however, could present the Metro Council with some challenges in carving out that payment from the city’s budget.