Every year the mayor introduces a budget and the Board of Supervisors, after reviewing it and making changes, adopts it. Included in the budget are departments’ overtime spending. The budgeted amount of overtime at the start of each fiscal year, however, usually increases during the year, sometimes by tens of millions of dollars with little oversight other than by the department head. l
That practice has now come to an end under legislation introduced by Supervisor David Campos and co-sponsored by Supervisor Mark Farrell, which was approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors in an 11-0 vote.
Now, if department heads (San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, one of the city’s largest overtime users, is not impacted by the law since city law grants it more autonomy than other departments) wish to exceed their overtime budget set at the start of the fiscal year, they will have to return to the Board of Supervisors and explain why and obtain its approval.