San Francisco Supervisors Work To Rein In Overtime Spending

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The San Francisco Board of Supervisors took action Thursday to try to control rampant overtime spending in the city.

This year’s city budget includes $94 million in overtime for city workers, but if last year is any indication, the city will spend $40 million more than that. Now, a supervisors committee has sent the full board legislation by Supervisor David Campos that would prevent city departments from quietly moving money around in their budgets to pay for unplanned overtime.

”From my perspective this is a good government, best practices piece of legislation that makes a lot of sense,” said Campos.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

Under this proposal, money budgeted for overtime would be put in a separate fund, and when it runs out a new appropriation would be required. The legislation would apply only those who use the most overtime including the airport, The Office of Emergency Management, police, fire, health, the Sheriff’s Department, The PUC, Public Works, and the Department of Recreation and Parks.

While Muni also goes way over budget on overtime each year, the supervisors have no say over the transit agency’s budget, and therefore no say over its overtime spending.

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