Philly overtime costs dip slightly

Despite overtime cost increases from eight Philadelphia departments, the city controller reported an overall decrease in city overtime costs for the 2011 fiscal year. The overall decrease was small, less than 1 percent. The decrease had been closer to 5 percent at the halfway point of the fiscal year in January.

The Philadelphia Fire Department amassed the largest increase–more than $3 million. At the six-month point in January, City Controller Alan Butkovitz predicted that the department would have costs of around $3.2 million.

The police and streets departments both decreased overtime costs by about $2 million each.

The full report in available online.

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