Overtime Costs Outpacing Last Year by Almost $2 Million

Audit Date: October 25, 2010
Audit Categories
  • Financial
Controller: Alan Butkovitz

Executive Summary

For Immediate Release:
Oct. 25, 2010

Contact: Brian Dries

Overtime Costs Outpacing Last Year by Almost $2 Million
Butkovitz’ monthly economic report compares first quarter FY10 &
FY11 overtime costs; eight City departments with increased costs

Click here to view Economic Report

PHILADELPHIA – While many City departments were mandated to cut overtime costs to balance the current budget, eight departments recorded more overtime during the first quarter of FY2011, resulting in a $1.8 million increase compared to one year ago, according to City Controller Alan Butkovitz’ monthly economic report released today.

Total first quarter overtime costs for FY2010 were $27.4 million compared to $29.2 million in FY2011. The Fire and Police departments had increases of $1 million and $500,000, respectively. The City’s Administration stated it was going to save $3.8 million in the Fire Department by implementing the “rolling brownouts” in August.

Other departments with higher first quarter overtime costs and their increases compared to last year included the following:
Dept. $ Difference % Change
Health $64,186 13%
Recreation $145,701 23%
DHS $374,708 25%
Fleet Mgt. $237,856 61%
Library $104,075 200%
Courts $89,459 690%

Along with comparing first-quarter overtime costs, the Controller’s economic report includes September’s City and PICA tax revenues totaling $154.7 million, a 15 percent increase compared to this collection period one year ago. Monthly sales tax collections were $20.7 million, an amount below previous collections from the first two months of the fiscal year.

The Controller’s economic report is compiled on a monthly basis and includes an Economic Snapshot and Forecast, as well as real estate information and other local statistics. These reports are circulated every month to assist key decision makers in understanding and anticipating local and national economic trends. Both of these documents are a useful tool for policy makers and analysts in understanding our regional and local economy.