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18 City Departments Could Be Combined $31.9M Over Salary Budgets

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A budget memo released today by the City Controller's office indicates that there are 18 City Departments on track to be a combined $31.9 million over their current budgeted salary appropriation by the end of the fiscal year 2010-2011.

Of the 18 whose salary budgets have a shaky short-term future, the two largest trouble spots are the Police ($10,036,231 projected shortfall) and the City Attorney ($9,395,486 projected shortfall). Those amounts are considered "potential year-end unfunded liabilities," and Controller Wendy Greuel says she "will strictly enforce Charter Section 262 at year-end by witholding payments (including salaries) that lack sufficient available appropriations." In short: If the money's not there, some people are not getting paid.

Greuel is urging City Council to discuss the matter, and to work with the 18 departments whose salary budgets aren't fully funded, to figure out how to get them out of their projected holes.

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Controller Greuel's salary report issued today