Mayor Barlow announces decline in City overtime for second consecutive year
City of Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow announced today that for the second year in a row City overtime expenses have declined. Total overtime for all City of Oswego departments combined in 2017 was $857,395. The total for year 2017 was significantly less than the official total for 2016 at $1,008,502, the first year of Mayor Barlow’s administration, and significantly less than the total in 2015 at $1,228,384. All three major Oswego City departments, including the Department of Public Works, Oswego Fire Department and Oswego Police Department reduced their amount of overtime usage in the last year with the most substantial savings in the Department of Public Works, reducing overtime from $375,604 in 2015 to $242,762 in 2016 to $169,225 in 2017.
“Since taking office I have identified City overtime as an area to save money by making our departments more efficient, effectively using on shift personnel and properly allocating our resources. After trying new, innovative ideas and pushing for increased productivity we have managed to reduce our overtime expenditures by $371,000 in just two years”, said Mayor Barlow. “Moving forward we will continue to focus on managing our overtime and working on behalf of all taxpayers to control our spending and cut obvious waste in City government. We need to have the Oswego taxpayer’s interests at the forefront of our decision making and ensure we do our best to manage our departments while maintaining the quality of service our residents are accustomed to”, the Mayor said.
Council President Rob Corradino (R-7th Ward) applauded the Mayor and his department heads for working to reduce overtime expenditures and expressed his support for reducing costs and increasing efficiencies. “Mayor Barlow has consistently pushed his department heads to find savings and cut waste in their respective departments. The notable reduction in Citywide overtime is a testament to Mayor Barlow and the Oswego Common Council’s commitment to properly managing our City’s finances as we work adamantly to reduce the cost of local government for Oswego City taxpayers”, said Corradino. “As President of the Common Council, I pledge to continue identifying ways to reduce costs and ensure local government is being fiscally responsible at all times”, Corradino concluded.
Mayor Billy Barlow also announced today the date and location of the 2018 State of the City Address, scheduled for Tuesday, January 30th at 6pm at G.S. Steamer’s in Oswego.