City employees to present cost-saving ideas

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - City of Cincinnati employees from two divisions of Public Services will present more than a million dollars in cost-savings ideas for the city to the Finance Committee on Monday.

The Fleet Services Cost Savings Team will present 20 ideas worth more than a quarter million in annual savings for the city, followed by the Sanitation Cost Savings Team with six proposals that could save millions.

Both teams were organized by Council Member Laure Quinlivan, who has led weekly cost-savings meetings with these employee groups over the past 6 months.

Employees from Sanitation and Fleet approached Council Member Laure Quinlivan during the budget debates in city hall last December, claiming they had many ideas to save city money which their administration bosses listen to or take seriously.  Most of the employees are in unions and oppose outsourcing the sanitation operation to private companies, an idea advocated by some council members repeatedly during the December budget discussions.

"I'm happy to help give employees a voice and find savings for taxpayers," says Quinlivan.  "I'm going to miss my Wednesday lunch sessions with these employees. I found them blunt, professional, extremely dedicated to the city and very motivated to help solve our budget crisis."

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