Is there a new practice of budgeting for vacancy factors within the departments?

FY 2017 Budget Question: Is there a new practice of budgeting for vacancy factors within the departments?

Page updated on Jun 16, 2017 at 10:54 AM

The City’s practice is to budget vacancy factors by department in order to reflect the true estimated personnel cost for each department. In some past years, a City-wide adjustment to the vacancy factor was placed in the Non-Departmental budget in the proposed budget and redistributed to departments in the approved budget, as was also the case with some City-wide salary and benefit adjustments. Departments calculate their vacancy factor based on historical turnover trends and expected hiring. The Finance Department is working aggressively to fill a number of vacancies, but does not expect to have done so by the end of FY 2016 and has adjusted its vacancy factor for the FY 2017 budget accordingly.

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