The city of Boston is wasting millions of dollars on unnecessary overtime, building maintenance, and out-of-state consultants, draining resources at a time when the city is so cash-strapped that it plans to lay off police officers and teachers, according to a report issued yesterday by the Boston Finance Commission.
The commission criticized public safety officials in particular, for failing to keep overtime costs under control. It cited overtime costs exceeding the budget of $17 million in the Police Department and of $5.3 million in the Fire Department. It also cited $1.1 million in unnecessary overtime for security guards, most of whom patrol City Hall.
Those three categories accounted for nearly a third of the $75 million in all overtime paid in the city last year.