Excerpt from Annual Report of the Public Works Department of the City of Boston: For the Year Ending December 31, 1962
In general, our 1960 plan has proven itself. Our reductions in force have been carried out only through attrition. Hence, we continue to have surplus employees in some categories and Shortages in others. Shortages only exist where we have been unable to find qualified personnel available from Civil Service lists.
Further reduction in personnel can be made in the Water Division's Revenue Section when automated billing is established and in the Highway Division, Bridge Section when legislation permits discontinuing several additional drawbridges. Otherwise personnel reductions seem to be completed and it is quite probable that any positions eliminated hereafter will be more than offset by new positions. For example, it now appears that additional personnel must be provided at the incinerator and for the servicing Of litter baskets. A substantial increase in engineering and inspection personnel will be needed for the public works construo tion programs required to support redevelopment proj ects. In engineering, and many other categories of personnel, the pendulum has swung, completely, from plenty to scarcities, and henceforth the department appears to be faced with the very serious problem of finding qualified candidates for employment.
The total cost of operating Public Works in 1962 was with revenue from the tax levy amount ing to This compares with a total cost of with revenue from the tax levy amounting to in 1959; and with revenue from the tax levy of in 1949. AS reﬂected in the tax rate, Public Works costs amounted to percent in 1962 as compared to percent in 1959, and percent in 1949. It is im probable that any substantial reduction in expenses may be anticipated. The policy of this department will be to continue to improve our methods and procedures to increase efficiency in our operations, but the resultant savings will be Offset by spiralling costs.
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