Preliminary reports show that overtime costs through the third quarter (July 1–March 31) of fiscal year 2019 totaled approximately $133.1 million, compared to almost $135.4 million over the same period last year—a decrease of $2.3 million, or 1.7 percent. More than half of the departments reviewed for this report1 managed to reduce their overtime spending thus far in FY2019, while most of the departments that increased spending did so by negligible margins. However, the Fire Department has already spent $11.5 million more on overtime than last year, and $8.9 million more than its allocation. If the City is to reduce overtime spending in FY2019 while remaining within its overtime allocation, overtime costs will need to be managed across all departments with overspending kept to a minimum.
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