Supervisors slam Muni on overtime pay 

For years, city officials have struggled with how city departments spend overtime and this year is no different.

During Thursday’s Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency was in the hot seat for blowing through its overtime budget this fiscal year, to a greater extent than any other department. The agency is expected to spend more than $5 million in overtime this fiscal year than last fiscal year, and exceed its budgeted overtime amount by $18 million.

Supervisor David Campos, who chairs the committee, said he will hold monthly hearings on the SFMTA’s overtime use, until he is satisfied about where Muni is, and expects SFMTA director Nathaniel Ford to show up at the next meeting to explain the agency’s plan for reducing its OT spending. Campos said he has yet to hear a specific plan and goals from the agency about how it plans to reduce the OT.

“This is a big deal. This is $18 million this year alone. That could do a world of good for the rest of our city. It’s surprising how high this number is,” Supervisor Mark Farrell said.

Campos is considering legislation that would require department heads to obtain approval by the Board of Supervisors during a fiscal year before they could exceed their overtime budget. “At the end of the day things are not going to change unless the board, working with the Mayor’s Office, forces that change,” Campos said.

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