Jan. 19, 2011
The Phoenix City Council Finance, Efficiency and Innovation Subcommittee met today for its first meeting of 2011 and approved another $7.7 million worth of savings for the city.
Items the subcommittee members approved included eliminating 80 positions citywide for a savings of approximately $5.9 million over two years; consolidating city printing resources for a savings of $280,000 annually; and insourcing some of the Law Department's cases for a savings of $395,000 in the first year, and $1.5 million by the third year of the plan.
"City staff and management are dedicated to identifying more opportunities to save the city and our taxpayers’ money. I look forward to working closely with the Innovation and Efficiency Task Force to see how much more we can save this year and beyond," said Councilman Bill Gates, chairman of the subcommittee.
The 80 positions that will be eliminated are part of a citywide organizational review process where each city department identified ways to streamline, "flatten" its organizational structure, and develop innovations and efficiencies. The positions being eliminated are in addition to the more than 2,000 positions the city has eliminated over the last two years.
The Innovation and Efficiency Task Force consists of city staff and members of the private sector, and has begun its second phase of identifying additional efficiencies of existing city business and services. In 2011, the Task Force will focus on seven identified areas: Communications; Compensation and Benefits; Customer Service; Fines and Fees; Right Sourcing; Regulatory Review; and Technology and Continuous Improvement.
To date, all funds included, the Task Force has identified more than $25 million in savings, and over a five-year period, the savings will total more than $107 million.
More information about the Task Force is available on the Innovation and Efficiency website.
|Stephanie Ribodal Romero