Taxpayer money could be saved with these ideas from city workers 

Changing the font on city memos, requiring electronic payments from city vendors and asking for donations from city workers are among the many ideas to save taxpayer dollars given to Mayor Ed Lee by San Francisco employees themselves.

That’s according to an announcement from Lee about the ImproveSF campaign, a kind of online suggestion box for The City’s 26,000 or so employees. Those cost-saving ideas will be considered for implementation in the 2011-12 fiscal year.

“This is a great way to tap into the expertise and creativity of our City family, so that we can come up with innovative ways to save San Francisco taxpayers’ money,” Lee said in a statement. “It has been a difficult budget year, but I am proud to report that that hasn’t dampened the creative spirit of our employees.”

In a matter of weeks the campaign received more than 540 ideas, 3,021 votes and 224 comments, according to the release.

We’re not sure how much money those ideas will save, but it could become clearer Wednesday when the mayor unveils his 2011-2012 budget.

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