Wednesday, April 8, 2009

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce: Growth in City’s Wages and Benefits Far Outstrips Revenue Growth

Steve Falk, President of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, has published a concise and timely review of the San Francisco Controller's Office Budget Improvement Project. You can read the article here. Here are the highlights:

  • Growth in employee wages and benefits – not the number of employees – accounts for 54 percent of the spending growth.
  • Public Health: San Francisco’s per capita spending on public-health services is more than double the average of surveyed peer counties.
  • Human Services: San Francisco spends up to three times more per capita on social services.
  • Police and Fire: San Francisco is the only city that has a voter-adopted minimum staffing level for its Police and Fire Departments.
  • The current recession has been a wake-up call across the country. Here in San Francisco it is time to seriously evaluate our cost structure with the goal of living within our means.

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