Total city overtime costs dropped slightly since last year

The money the City dished out in total overtime costs this year has dropped slightly, meanwhile those payments are up for eight city departments according to a report released by the City Controller.

Check out the press release below:

CityOvertime Costs Down Slightly Over Past Year
Controller’s economic report analyzes yearly drop in overtime costs, despite increases for eight city departments

PHILADELPHIA – While the City’s $118.9 million in total overtime payments for FY2011 decreased by less than one percent from FY2010, eight city departments combined for more than $6 million in overtime increases from the prior year, according to City Controller Alan Butkovitz’ economic report released today.

The Fire Department, which had the largest yearly payment increase of more than $3 million, spent $21.98 million in overtime for FY2011 compared to $18.44 million in FY2010, a 16 percent increase.  Other departments with overtime costs exceeding those from the previous years include the following:

Department                                   Total Increase from FY2010

Human Services                              $1,545,537

Prisons                                          $1,149,270

Library                                           $273,272

Health Department                          $188,079

License & Inspections                       $77,930

Fleet                                               $43,834

City Commissioners                    $12,071

A few of the departments that contributed to the City’s slight reduction in overtime were the Police and Streets departments, both of which decreased overtime costs by more than $2 million.  The Sheriff’s Office also decreased its costs by almost $900,000.

Along with a look at the city’s yearly overtime costs, the Controller’s economic report also highlighted the city’s tax revenue collections. The Wage/Earning/NPT tax collections for the month totaled $118.2 million, putting the fiscal year-end collection at $1.5 billion, an almost four percent increase from last year.  Yearly sales tax collections totaled $247.9 million, a 35 percent increase from last 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.

To view the Economic Forecast and Monthly Snapshot, please visit the City Controller’s Web site at