Coral Gables’ Budget: No Relief from Personnel Salaries and Pensions
August 19, 2010 Leave a comment
Let’s take a look at the trends of personnel costs in the last three or four years with the number of positions cut from 875 in 2007-2008 to an estimated 791 in 2010-2011. We have a city with fewer employees being paid more on average–this is not a formula to reduce pensions and other benefits.
- Total personnel costs fell by about 6% in the period 2007-2010;
- But personnel costs per employee increased by 4%;
In the Police Department
- Total personnel costs are being reduced 4.67% in 2010-2011.
- This is the first real proposed reduction in the personnel budget for police in three years, and the number of staff positions has fallen by 3.41%.
- Average police salaries are reduced by an insignificant amount of 1.3%.
For the Fire Department
- The total personnel budget is being reduced by 3.74%,
- The number of staff is being reduced by 1.34% and outlay per firefighter increased by 2.43%.
- Only two Fire Department positions have been eliminated in four years.
A look at the Public Works Department
- Personnel costs are being reduced by 13.51% in fours years,
- The number of staff is cut by 14.86% in three years (but very little in the 2010 estimated budget) and
- The average position costs is increased by 1.59%.
Regarding the Development Service Department
- Staff numbers have fallen from 70 to 63, or a 10% decline,
- The personnel budget is expected to fall by only 2.2% in four years,
- And average staff costs are expected to increase by 8.66%.
In the Information Technology Department
- Personnel costs are the same as they were in 2007 after rising for two years,
- The number of staff has been reduced by 6.25% in four years,
- Average staffing costs have increased by 6.6% in four years, another department in which average employee costs have increased