June 25, 2010
The City Council's new Finance, Efficiency and Innovation Subcommittee has only met twice, but the group already has approved more than $1.5 million in savings at each meeting.
At its meeting on Wednesday and its meeting in May, council members approved more than $3 million in savings and efficiencies including recommendations to consolidate some city departments and functions ($1,425,000); streamline the city's Reserve-A-Ride program ($860,000); eliminate paper pay stubs ($85,000); rebid life insurance contracts ($511,000); move the Public Works Department from its current building to City Hall ($250,000); and various other process improvements ($550,000).
"The purpose of this subcommittee is to create a leaner, more efficient city government by reviewing and taking action on recommendations from the city's Innovation and Efficiency Task Force, which is comprised of city staff and business leaders from the private sector," said Councilman Bill Gates, chairman of the subcommittee.
"I commend Mayor Gordon for creating this subcommittee to take an ongoing, hard look at the city's finances and operations and developing ways to save the taxpayers money while still providing outstanding services and programs for our residents," he said.
"Phoenix city management, under the leadership of City Manager David Cavazos, and the City Council Finance, Efficiency and Innovation Subcommittee, chaired by Councilman Gates, are off and running hard to identify dramatic savings in the city's budget, while keeping a diligent eye on not diminishing essential public services required for our growing and dynamic city," said Mark Dobbins, member of the city's Innovation and Efficiency Task Force and senior vice president, SUMCO Phoenix Corporation.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to be part of a private sector team that was recently added to the Task Force to bring another point of view to this work – a good, private business point of view to managing government agency costs. The city has eagerly embraced the suggestions of our private sector team and seems genuinely pleased to have the added horsepower in support of this critical activity."
In addition to Councilman Bill Gates, other subcommittee members include Councilwoman Thelda Williams, District 1, Councilman Tom Simplot, District 4, and Councilman Claude Mattox, District 5. All of the subcommittee recommendations are forwarded to the full City Council for final approval.
More information about the city's innovation and efficiency efforts is available at the Innovation and Efficiency website.