Public Works, Transportation, Housing, Public Health Commission and 38 other departments are increasing by an average of 1.5% due to basic city services contract escalation and targeted investments. Twenty-three of these departments will see a reduction in their appropriation in FY18.
Because almost all of the City’s union collective bargaining agreements are under negotiation, most departments’ budgets do not include cost of living salary increases for employees. Instead, that funding is centralized in a $27 million collective bargaining reserve.In addition, city health insurance costs are projected to increase by $10.6 million (4.9%), even after achieving health care cost containment savings.
To make targeted investments further detailed below, the City is pursuing smart savings initiatives in the FY18 Budget: